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02/09/2009

Theatre and Dance, Music Co-Produce Cole Porter Musical

Quick Facts

 "Anything Goes" will run Feb. 20-21, Feb. 22, Feb. 27-28 and March 1 at Johnson Theatre.
 There are 26 student performers in the show.

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Students Randy Snight, Cate Davison and Palmer Ray star in "Anything Goes."

ROCK HILL, S.C. - From “It’s Delovely” to “You’re the Top,” the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music’s co-production of “Anything Goes,” will offer theatergoers a toe-tapping tour of Cole Porter’s music.

Anything Goes,” with music and lyrics by Porter, and book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, will run Feb. 20-21 at 8 p.m., Feb. 22 at 2 p.m., Feb. 27-28 at 8 p.m. and March 1 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Theatre.

Bringing this popular Broadway musical to Winthrop has taken teamwork and plenty of it, according to Director Stephen Gundersheim, assistant professor of theatre education. He has worked closely with faculty from the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music since last summer. Gundersheim also has collaborated with Associate Professor of Music Katherine Kinsey, music director, and Lecturer of Music Michael Hough, conductor. The cast includes 26 student performers, with three theatre faculty members – Anna Sartin, Janet Gray and Biff Edge – serving on the technical crew.

For Gundersheim, “Anything Goes” is a musical with a message that resonates as strongly today as it did more than 80 years ago.

“The show itself was written to poke fun at Americans’ obsession with the rich and famous and provided a night away from the financial troubles of the everyday. Now, almost 80 years later, the timing could not be more perfect and the theme more relevant,” Gundersheim said.

Tickets are $10 with Winthrop I.D. and $15 general admission. Seating is reserved. 

Call the box office at 803/323-4014 or e-mail boxoffice@winthrop.edu for tickets.


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