'Anything Goes,' staged by Creative Experiences, to be fun for everyone

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Aug. 2, 2013
Kalliope Sanderson, as Reno Sweeney, leads the cast in the title song at the Creative Experiences' production of 'Anything Goes,' during rehearsal on Aug. 1. Photos by Steve Smith.
Kalliope Sanderson, as Reno Sweeney, leads the cast in the title song at the Creative Experiences' production of 'Anything Goes,' during rehearsal on Aug. 1. Photos by Steve Smith.

"Anything Goes" will be the 39th annual summer musical for Glastonbury Youth and Family Services' Creative Experiences program. Everything is getting the last bit of fine-tuning, including the massive ocean liner set, complete with trick revolving doors and multiple decks to accommodate the cast of more than 100. But the actors say the rehearsal and preparations have gone so smoothly, they are right on schedule to peak for the opening night on Aug. 9, if not a bit ahead of themselves.

“I think we're really in a good spot,” said Amanda Lunsford, a 2013 GHS grad who plays Hope Harcourt – the show's lead female, and love interest for Billy Crocker, played by Jared Miller. A week and a day before the curtain raises, she said the show is right on target.

“We can run the whole show, and we still have all next week of rehearsals. We're definitely not behind,” she said. “It's been fun to use all the costumes and the set pieces are coming together. It feels more real.”

Fellow actor Eric Parkhurst agreed. “The entire cast is on stage now, and it feels more realistic,” Parkhurst said. “We can tell that our hard work is paying off. It's more seamless now.”

Parkhurst, a UConn student who is in his 22nd production with Creative Experiences, added that audiences will appreciate the full-cast, very elaborate musical numbers. “People will like the dancing, especially the tap,” he said.

“There are a lot of musical numbers,” Lunsford said. “They're very upbeat songs, so they are fun to sing and dance to. I don't do much of the dancing, but it looks like so much fun.”

Crowds will appreciate the familiar Cole Porter songs, including, “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You're the Top,” “It's De-Lovely” and the title song. There are also many comedic moments, including several cases of mistaken identity, which will keep audiences both on their toes, and holding their sides.

“There are a lot of funny lines,” Parkhurst said, adding that criminals Moonface Martin and partner Bonnie, played by Max Nonkin and Cara Geary, respectively, often steal the show.

“They're hilarious,” Lunsford said. “Their characters are very funny, but the actors also portray them in very funny ways.”

Nonkin said his character creates many fabrications to avoid being caught for his shenanigans, but they are often not thought through very well, leading to disastrous (for him) and humorous moments of being caught in the act.

“He's a gangster, and he thinks he's really tough, but he's actually nice on the inside,” Nonkin said. “He plans out these tricks, but they never work out.”

“It's a little confusing at first, because there are so many plotlines,” Lunsford said. “There's never a dull moment, and it all comes together at the end.”

The actors agree that anyone attending the show will find something in it to really enjoy.

“People will like the olden-day feel to it, as well as all of the cute little kids,” Nonkin said.

“It's a really good show, and fun for all ages,” Lunsford said.

“People will come and see a good show with talented people,” Parkhurst said.

"Anything Goes" will be performed at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8, 9 and 10 at the Glastonbury High School. Call 860-652-7675 for more information.

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