'Anything Goes' cast simply enjoying rehearsals

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Jul. 3, 2013
Katie Obedzinski and Emma Manfredi are among dancers getting into their part of the show for 'Anything Goes' by Glastonbury Youth and Family Services' Creative Experience. Photos by Steve Smith.
Katie Obedzinski and Emma Manfredi are among dancers getting into their part of the show for 'Anything Goes' by Glastonbury Youth and Family Services' Creative Experience. Photos by Steve Smith.

While performing a musical is certainly fun, the cast of Creative Experiences' summer production of "Anything Goes" is having a blast at rehearsals, while also learning and helping out the community.

With school just getting out recently, and the performance dates of Aug. 8, 9 and 10, the cast and crew have had to quickly get into the thick of its rigorous rehearsal schedule. A community unto itself, the cast, crew and volunteers that put on the summer musicals totals more than 200 people. So, making a fun event out of each night becomes important.

Mahtub Kalantara, a 16-year-old junior at GHS who is in her first production, said the most fun thing about rehearsals is getting together with everyone. “Just being with people,” she said. “If I weren't in this play this summer, I'd probably be sitting at home on the computer. I wouldn't be doing much.”

Jared Miller, who will be playing Billy Crocker in the show, is a student at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and said the best part for him is to see many of his friends who he hasn't seen in nearly a year. “I love rehearsals,” Miller said. “I get to dance, and I love dancing, and I get to see all my friends.”

“I like learning new dances,” said Amanda Lunsford, a 2013 GHS grad, who plays Hope Harcourt. “It's something I really enjoy learning, rather than being stuck in the classrooms.”

Both Lunsford and Miller added that they like making friends, including the younger children in the cast.

“It's a good time to hang out,” Lunsford said. “You think you won't have time to hang out this summer, but you do, because you are doing this with your friends.”

Fun-themed rehearsal nights are also par for the course. Recently, the group had "Crazy Hair and Hat Night." Some of the themed nights also have a good cause behind them.

“This week's Spirit Night is 'Red, White and Blue'-themed,” Lunsford said. “We're bringing in fun things for military personnel.”

Spirit Night on July 10 will be a 1930s-themed night, and the cast will bring in school supplies for children in need of them, and on July 17, the "Nautical/Beach" themed night will have the cast donating toys and gift cards.

It's still early, but the excitement is beginning to mount for the night when the curtain is raised.

“It's really funny,” Lunsford said of the show.

“It's going to be a great show,” Kalantara said. “We have a great cast.”

Tickets go on sale July 22 and will be available at Youth & Family Services from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets will also be sold Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center. Tickets are $10 each and seats are assigned.


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