Westlake High School to present 'Anything Goes'

The Westlake High School cast of "Anything Goes," from left: Cass Penegor, Justin Godfrey, Anna Renkel, Anna Parchem, Alex Lathem, Jacob Kraft, Emma Beekman and Alex Kuhn.

Westlake High School’s Center Stage Players have put on amazing musicals every other year that typically incorporate a children’s chorus from Westlake’s grade schools, which was exemplified in last year’s wonderfully successful production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." This year, Westlake aims for a more classic musical with their production of "Anything Goes."

The age-old tale of boy-meets-girl takes place on an ocean liner, the S.S. American, bound from New York to London in the 1930s. Billy Crocker (played by Alex Lathem) is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt (Anna Renkel), who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Justin Godfrey). Evangelist-turned-nightclub-singer Reno Sweeney (Anna Parchem), Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin (Jacob Kraft) and Bonnie Letour (Emma Beekman) aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. Throw in Hope’s meddlesome mother (Cass Penegor), Billy’s bull-dog of a boss (Alex Kuhn), and a dozen of Cole Porter’s greatest hits and you’ve got a rambunctious musical comedy for the ages.

The Westlake High School students in the cast, pit and crew make up a company of over 100 that have truly outdone themselves. Led by director Jennifer Yachanin-Butler, musical director Samantha Smith, technical director Doug Warnke, and choreographer Colin Bigley, the Center Stage Players’ 2015 production of "Anything Goes" is sure to be a hit! 

The production will take place on Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Westlake High School Main office at 27830 Hilliard Blvd. starting Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 20, and at the box office one hour prior to showtime. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.  

Anna Parchem

Anna Parchem is a senior at Westlake High School and President of WHS Drama Club "Center Stage Players". 

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:16 AM, 11.17.2015