'Anything Goes' is coming to Westminster High School
By By Lois Szymanski and Neighborhoods correspondent
Apr 25, 2014 | 12:30 AM
Westminster High School will present the musical comedy "Anything Goes" at 7 p.m. May 1, 2 and 3, with a 2 p.m. matinee May 3.
"Anything Goes" is the story of Billy Crocker, a stowaway on a cruise ship who is following his love interest, English heiress Hope Harcourt. She is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, but the marriage is meant to benefit her family. She is resigned to the marriage, even though she has fallen in love with Billy. The characters of nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Moonface Martin aid Billy in his quest to win Hope's heart.
The show has many crowd-favorite songs, such as "Anything Goes" and "I Get a Kick Out of You."
Drama instructor Melissa Purdy said there are 60 cast members in the play. "There are many passengers on the ship," she said. "We have some really great actors and exceptional singing in this one."
Senior Sydney Cheuvront, who plays Reno Sweeney, said she's been in 10 shows since she was a freshman. "This is such a great role to go out on," she said, "but closing night will be hard."
Cheuvront playing a nightclub singer is different, especially since last year she played the part of Cinderella.
Sophomore Skylar Hardee plays Hope Harcourt. She's been in several musicals with September Song and with the Carroll Arts Center, but this is her first year to do three shows at the high school.
"It's a comedy that takes place in the 1930s on a boat that we made that is really cool looking," said Hardee. "I like playing Hope, a debutant who is getting into a forced marriage. I'm excited to be in some funny parts in the play," Hardee said, adding that singing is her favorite part. "I want to go into singing in my career," she said.
Senior Caleb Metcalf plays the part of Lord Evelyn Oakley, engaged to Hope Harcourt.
"I haven't gotten a chance to play many goofy, wacky comic characters in my high school theater career, except for a few small roles in the winter play," Metcalf said. "This gives me an opportunity to branch out. It's been a lot of fun to experiment with the body language and the voices and expressions. I also had to work on a British accent for this character. That's fun," Metcalf said with a laugh, "talking to myself in a British accent. I try to not to do it around my family too much."
Metcalf said he's been in almost every play since his sophomore year and he directed a one-act play at school over winter.
Metcalf said the audience can expect a lot of laughs with some great actors onstage. "We have some good charisma going on so it really feels like a comedy, not just like we are telling jokes. We have talented vocalists and dancers, too. This show has a lot for everybody. It's funny, it's tender, it's touching, it's fun and upbeat and there are some really good roles in the play that people will gravitate toward."
Metcalf said people who are familiar with "Anything Goes" will find this show includes some elements of the original run and some from the rewrite that was released later. "We made a blend that we think makes the show the best, the most memorable. It's its own hybrid," he said.
"'Anything Goes' is one of the classic traditional Broadway musicals with the most beautiful music by Cole Porter," Purdy said. "It is fun, it is silly, but it has a lot of heart. It's a great evening of escapism."
"The audience will really enjoy it," Cheuvront said, "and hopefully leave humming the songs."
Everybody's Quilt Guild will hold a miniature quilt bingo May 9 at The Portico of St. John Catholic Church, 45 Monroe St., Westminster.
Doors open at 5 p.m., with bingo beginning at 7 p.m. The prizes are miniature quilts and handmade and quilted bags.
Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The price includes cards for 20 games. There will also be cards sold for five specials and a raffle for a 60-inch quilt.
"Everything is tabletop size or to hang on the wall," club member Luray Rill said of the bingo prizes. "They are all handmade by members of the guild. They range from 12 inches to 36 inches," she said.
"We'll have many nice door prizes, too," Rill said. "We have regulars who look for this bingo every year. We hold a fun and easygoing activity."
Rill said a variety of food will be sold at the bingo, including hamburgers, nachos and more.
"The reason for this bingo is to give a fiber arts student from Carroll County a scholarship, as well as to support the many other charities we contribute to," Rill said. "The reason we started the bingo 10 years ago was to give that scholarship, but it has grown. We support Carroll County in many ways, with [Project] Linus quilts for children in the hospital, making comfort pillows for Carroll County Hospital and many other activities," she said.
Rill said Everybody's Quilt Guild, which has more than 100 members, meets the first Wednesday of each month at The Portico. "All are welcome," she said.