MILBORNE Port Opera turns its attention to Cole Porter for the 20-19 production, bringing Anything Goes to the Village Hall from 24th to 27th April.
Lloyd Davies plays Billy Crocker with Sukie Read as Reno, Ben Grundy as Moonface and Karen Pankhurst as Bonnie in this spectacular production that once again takes the company to sea, after its award-winning HMS Pinafore in 2011.
Set on a transatlantic liner in the 1930s, Cole Porter’s music and some lyrics by PG Wodehouse is a very different net of fish from the Gilbert and Sullivan favourite.
The songs include I Get a Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, Blow Gabriel Blow, and of course the title song, in which an inch of stocking is no longer thought of as something shocking. Indeed, … Anything Goes.
The company has a raft of new skills to learn for the show including tap dancing, jazz syncopation and delivering comedy lines with the precision of a sharpshooter.
There’s true love, mistaken identity, English aristocracy of the land- rich-cash-poor variety, American millionaires, gangsters and molls, evangelising clergy, love-lorn wimps and glamourous nightclub singers. But then the plot doesn’t matter as much as the music.
Sukie Read steps up to play the title role of Reno alongside Lloyd Davies as stowaway Billy Crocker, with Matt Baker as Sir Evelyn and Rachel Milestone as Hope. The company also welcomes several talented newcomers from larger companies.
The syncopating Caroline D’Cruz rules the orchestra with a joyful baton, and the direction is by Jessie Stones, Naomi Booth and Allison Gosney.
Milborne Port Village Hall has been transformed into the deck of the SS America on its voyage from New York to London specially for the occasion.
For more details, visit the website, www.mpopera.co.uk