Gloriana Musical Theatre, in its 31st year of presenting great musicals on the Mendocino Coast, offers Cole Porter’s ANYTHING GOES, at Eagles Hall Theatre, August 24 through October 7, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm.
Reno Sweeney, an evangelist-turned-night-club-singer, is played by Suzie Frew-Harris, Billy Crocker is Paul Friesen, Hope Harcourt is Roanna Olds with Ron Smith as the veddy British Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, Paul Townsend as Moonface Martin public enemy #13 and his moll, Bonnie played by Nancy Fereira.
Rounding out the cast are Janice Culliford, Mary Handelin, Jan Littrell, and Suzy Long as Reno Sweeney’s “angels,” Steven Littrell as the Captain, Joseph Garcia as the purser/steward, Susan Parker as high society’s Mrs. Wadsworth T. Harcourt, Sid Long as Mr. Elisha J. Whitney, and Raven Deerwater as the Bishop. Passengers and sailors include David Kosonen, Tommy Barron, Sandra Jean Baldocchi, Charles Unser, and from the Gloriana Kids Musical Workshop Matt Jones, Linda Kidwell, and Alexandra Sciocchetti.
Musical masterpieces include Blow Gabriel Blow, Friendship, It’s Delovely, You’re the Top, Take Me Back to Manhattan, Public Enemy #1, and its signature song-and-dance number, Anything Goes (a show-stopper) – sung aboard an ocean liner from New York bound for England. Mistaken identities abound. Public enemy #13 disguised as a preacher? A Bishop thought to be public enemy #1? This is some crossing.
Stage Director is Bay Area’s Virginia Abascal, Jack Leung is the Music Director, Vocal Coach is Vince Russo, with Choreography by Cecilia Townsend, and Set Design by Keith Snider, also from the Bay Area. 1930s costume design is by Susan Collins and Georgia Lucas.
Opening Night Gala is Friday, August 24. All tickets are $35 and include food and beverages. For the rest of the run: general tickets are $20, youth (18 and under) and seniors are $16, kids 12 and under are $12. Advance tickets: Harvest Market and Tangents in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino and before each performance at Eagles Hall Theatre, 210 N. Corry at Alder in Fort Bragg. More info: 707 964-SHOW or www.gloriana.org.