CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 9, 2011 — The Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will set sea aboard the S.S. American in its performance of Anything Goes at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-24 and Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 and 2 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.
This 1962 version of Anything Goes features Cole Porter’s most famous lively, toe-tapping music and lyrics including “Let’s Misbehave” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”
This popular, screwball comedy features dancing, singing, romancing, mistaken identities and mismatched lovers. It is brought to life on board the S. S. American, a 1930s luxury liner en route to London from New York. On board are a lovesick stowaway, a brassy nightclub evangelist, a beautiful young debutante and her doting mother, a boozy and lecherous old tycoon, a bumbling gangster disguised as a priest, an English Lord with a mysterious past and a ship full of dancing sailors and high-kicking chorus girls.
Amidst much dancing, singing and romancing, the passengers struggle to keep their stories straight, and the plot takes many turns leaving the audience laughing in their seats.
Guest designers James Miller and Patrick Atkinson will join the production thanks to a grant from the Missouri Arts Council.
Miller will focus on costume design, while Atkinson will serve as the scenic designer.
“Both Mr. Miller and Mr. Atkinson are professional designers with extensive credits and are professors at the University of Missouri-Columbia”, said Rhonda Weller-Stilson chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Atkinson previously served as guest set designer for a production of Romeo and Juliet in Rose Theatre in 2006.
Rhodes 101 Stops is the sponsor of this year’s Theatre and Dance Series.
Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at MetroTix.com, keyword “Anything,” or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.