'Anything Goes' musical production opens tonight, runs through Sunday

Willmar High School presents the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes" at 7 p.m. today through Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday at the high school theater.

Willmar High School presents the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes" at 7 p.m. today through Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday at the high school theater.

The play takes place on the cruise ship S.S. American, sailing from New York to London in the late 1930s. Passengers aboard the ship inlude:

n A gangster on the run posing as a minister

n A former evangelist who is a nightclub singer,

n Four tap-dancing "Angels" traveling the nightclub singer


n A society miss who is engaged to an English gentleman (also on the ship), and her ex-boyfriend that stows away on the boat to try to win her back.

A series of comical mistaken identities ensues as the passengers and crew sing and dance their way across the Atlantic.

Reno Sweeney, the nightclub singer, is played by Bethany Buer. Her four tap-dancing "Angels" are played by Kristi Elkjer, Liz Swanson, Ali Unger and Jenna Savoie.

Caitlin Johnson plays Hope Harcourt, the beautiful debutante, with Sara Kokkila playing her mother.

Joel Schmidt is Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, the wealthy Englishman. Matthew Onnen plays Elisha Whitney, the google-eyed tycoon, and Grant Schneider as his young assistant.

Ian Welch plays Moonface Martin, the hapless gangster and public enemy No. 13. Kelsey Moe plays a gangster's moll.

Trey Haugen plays Charlie, a reporter for the Golbe American, and Nate Tusa is his cameraman.

Kevin Cronen is Bishop Henry T. Dobson. Beth Louwagie and Mollie Clark play Chinese convers and gamblers.


Playing girls are Alicia Voorhees, Heather Erickson and Angie Beckman; Josh Bredehoeft plays a drunk.

Crew members on the S.S. American are Chad Klavetter, Trefor Fosso and Joe Dunlavy.

Playing sailors and passengers are: Anders Nordstrom, Ian Bloomquist, Levi Studanski, Trevor Johnson, Ben Watson, Jeremy Werner, Lonnie Moore, Tyler Loiselle, Evan Armstrong, Joe Dobransky, Mike Houchens, Luis Arellano, Grant Kallevig, Joel McQueen and Ryan Sheehan.

Playing passengers are: Heather Erickson, Allison Johnson, Brooke Christensen, Jody Bombeck, Kelsey Voorhees, Maeve Olson, Morgan Cline, Sarah Floren, Tessa Anderson, Angie Beckman, Briana Johnson, Hannah Schmidt, Julie Gatewood, Khia Raatz, Megan Kingery, Natalie Altmiks, Shea Johnson, Tiffany Sieu, Alicia Voorhees, Brittney Edwardson, Janine Hunstad, Kadyn Wittman, Laura Juetten, Shelly Sommers, Sabrina McCorquodale, Shelby Morton, Vanesia McCray, Alicia Alvarado, Emily Cuchna, Jessica Gatewood, Kayla Rozendaal, Laura Morales, Miriah Nellermoe, Susie Voss and Suzie Flaig.

Orchestra members are: Janell East, Beth Gazelka, Kiersten Gazelka, Joshua Pierskalla, Zachary Hanson, Kenny Nash, Haylee Thompson, Becca Nelson, Chelsey Sorenson, Scott Boros, Ryan Freitas, Kalene Haugen, Patrick Hand, Phil Knutson, Maureen Weiland, Andrew Schultz, Taylor Klein and music instructor Dahhne Evenson.

Set construction and painting were done by Bryan Hurley, Chris Engstrom, Laura Virgin, Daphne Kim, Josh Ryks, Joanna Green, Melanie Lang, Andrea Wu, Collin Rohne, Trisha Vlaminck, Phil Weitzel, Chayla Johannsen, Becca Nelson, Carli Albert and Paul Hinton.

Running the lights and sound are Philip Nelson, Reid Olson and Nick Dahlke.

The production is being stage under the direction of Neal and Julene Haugen and Daphne Evenson. Terry Brau is directing the pit orchestra. Choreography is by Nikki Betcher-Erickson.


Ticket sales

Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students. Tickets are on sale at the Community Education and Recreation office. Remaining tickets will be sold beginning one hour before each performance at the school.

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