2012-01-12 / Local & State

McConnellsburg High/Middle School Presents “Anything Goes”

Reimold, Jessica Nero and Kelsey Ramsey). Camerman (Cody Parson) photographs include Elisha Whitney (Ashton Doyle), Bishop Henry (Doug Seiders), and Ching (De-Anne Dickerson) and Ling (Cassie Stermer). There is another celebrity sailing, but he is very much under wraps, “Moonface Martin” (Nick McClure) and his traveling companion, Bonnie (Marleigh Jennings). Moonface, onetime ship’s gambler and “Public Enemy #13,” is hiding aboard in disguise. The ship’s officers (Brice Feagley, Grace Youngblood and Ashley Penwell) search for the man who is occupying the gangster’s cabin, and Billy and Moonface have to resort to using various disguises to avoid being caught. Tap dancers in the show are Lexie Richards, Haley Garlock, Leah Mellott, Alexa Helser and Shelby Long. Rounding out the cast are Kirsten Wilford, Jessica

Pictured above, back row: Cole Johnston, Emily Watkins, Nick McClure; front row: Katelynn Mellott and Larkin Shearer. Pictured above, back row: Cole Johnston, Emily Watkins, Nick McClure; front row: Katelynn Mellott and Larkin Shearer. Erica Sexton will once again direct this year’s musical “Anything Goes”. Erica is a graduate of Shenandoah University with a B.A. in costume design. She has worked for the Kennedy Center and is presently employed by the county of Fulton Domestic Relations.

As the show begins our hero and heroine Billy Crocker (Cole Johnston) and Hope Harcourt (Katelynn Mellott) meet at a party one hot summer night in the early 1930s. Hope’s overbearing mother, Mrs. Harcourt (Sara Beth Winegardner), wants her daughter to marry an English lord, Sir Evelyn Oakeigh (Larkin Shearer). Billy is a young man just beginning his career on Wall Street. A leisurely drive through Central Park and a kiss put the finishing touches on an evening that speaks of promise. Somehow, Hope slips away without giving her name and address to Billy.

The story begins at the New York sailing of the ocean liner America bound for England. It is customary for members of the press to take photographs of the passengers for the “society” sections of newspapers before the ship sails. Of particular interest to the ship’s reporter (Austin Shelley) is Reno Sweeney (Emily Watkins), famed evangelist-turned nightclub singer, with her four backup angel singers (Brandi Welsh, Kayla DeShong and Sarah Strait.

Mark your calendar for March 29, 30, 31, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium and to support “Anything Goes.” Donations can be made to MHS, Sarah Duncan – 151 East Cherry St., McConnellsburg, PA 17233

This project is supported by a grant of $791 from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts. The grant money will be used to defray production expenses. The PA Partners in the Arts (PPA) is an initiative between local arts organizations and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency. State government funding for the arts comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Council for the Arts in Chambersburg.

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