This weekend, will be the last chance to catch the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Repertory Theater production of “Anything Goes.” The spectacular cast of 56, tappers, singers and comedians are ready and waiting to light up the stage with a performance that will have the audience in stitches.
Cole Porter’s classic musical comedy tells the tale of an unforgettable sea voyage whose passengers include an Evangelist turned sexy night club singer, a public enemy, a love-struck debutante, and a stock broker stowaway.
As the lights dimmed on opening night, the audience was immediately energized as the professional sounding pit came alive with joyous jazz. The magnificent set, designed by Jeff Allen, featured an elaborate ship perfect for scintillating dance numbers. The audience watched in awe as Reno’s fallen angels danced their way into the hearts that filled nearly every seat in the house.
Perhaps the most impressive moments came from the spot on hysterical comedy spearheaded by Matt Kempner (Moonface Martin) and Connor Cheney (Lord Evelyn Oakley.) Each of these stand out supporters shined with razor sharp wit, impeccable timing and side splitting characterizations.
As the female lead, Reno Sweeny, Julie Busch transformed into a min Sutton Foster, exuding the comic brilliance and effortless acting of a seasoned performer. Her taps we’re clean and her belts of classic hits, “You’re the Top,” and “Anything Goes” were unforgettable.
Amidst the comic relief and catchy tunes, Rachel Naugle shined as English Debutante, Hope Harcourt. The gorgeous ingénue charmed the audience with her flawless soprano solos and dazzling smile.
The chemistry between Naugle and Nick Poulios (Billy Crocker) is nothing like the awkward depictions often found in high school productions. Watching the romance bloom between Billy and Hope is nothing less than enchanting.
The brilliant ensemble is directed by SPFHS alum, musically directed and produced by Choral Director,, and choreographed by Dance Gisa Dilrio, who spent hours upon hours transforming nondancers into outstanding tappers and performers. Don’t miss out on the last chance to catch these soon to be stars in action. Tickets can be sold half an hour before the show tonight.