High school musical: ‘Anything Goes’
With more than 70 students coming together to put it on, Glenwood Springs High School’s “Anything Goes” is a major production.
The musical opens at GSHS Friday, with 7 p.m. evening shows Feb. 26 and 27 and March 4 and 5, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee March 5.
It’s drama director Kate McRaith’s seventh musical, and she’s looking forward to tackling Cole Porter’s classic.
“When I told my mom I was doing this, she was so excited. I think there’s quite a lot of songs people will recognize,” she said. “It has quite a number of lead roles, so there’s a lot of places for people to shine.”
Junior Madison Gonzalez, who plays Hope Harcourt, agrees.
“This has everything a great show should have,” she said. “It’s also tasteful, so it should appeal to all ages.”
Harcourt’s love interest, Billy Crocker, will be portrayed by junior Zack Larsen, but Harcourt has responsibilities of her own that render things complex.
“Things can’t always work out perfectly,” Gonzalez said.
Both Gonzalez and Larsen are familiar faces on the high school stage.
“It’s such a great program,” Larsen said. “You gotta keep coming back.”
“Anything Goes” takes more than just acting chops, however. The whole thing is backed to live music from students and others, as well as dance choreography by Center for the Arts director Christina Brusig.
“We’ve got everybody dancing at once in two different numbers, and every single dance has some kind of lift element,” Brusig said. “They’ve also learned how to tapdance, which is awesome.”
Although many of the actors don’t have a background in dance, Brusig says you wouldn’t necessarily know it to look at them. She’s particularly pleased with the number of boys participating.
“I have three male dancers at the art center, but we have at least 18 men in this show,” she observed.
Although many school plays run just one weekend, McRaith has consistently pushed for a two week run.
“A lot of people have put months of work into bringing this show to life,” she said. “After all of that effort, to only do one weekend would really be a bit of a letdown.”
In any case, they generally fill the auditorium each night.
Tickets are $12 for adults or $8 for students and are available online at eventbee.com/view/event/170745831.
“It’s a very inexpensive way to have a joyful evening,” McRaith said. “I think it’s really important to witness the brilliance of the young people of our community.”
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