'Anything Goes' on Thalian Hall stage in Wilmington

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Opera House Theatre Company

Opera House Theatre Company is electrifying the main stage of Thalian Hall with its rendition of “Anything Goes,” which continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday and next weekend in Wilmington.

The musical, which opened last week, is a classic screwball comedy aboard a transatlantic ship, the S.S. American.

The zany passenger list, in addition to the audience that gets swept away on this gloriously funny trip, consists of disguised gangsters, tap-dancing sailors, high-kicking chorus girls, mismatched lovers and women who appear to have slunk off the pages of 1930s Vogue.

This wacky tale of mistaken identities on the high seas, based on the book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, is filled with raucous frivolity as snappy, effervescent and fizzy as a bottle of champagne.

Cole Porter’s score is peppered with a bubbly array of songs including “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “All Through the Night,” “You’re the Top,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “Friendship,” “Take Me Back to Manhattan,” and, of course, “Anything Goes.”

This local version stars Kendra Goehring-Garrett as nightclub singer and former evangelist Reno Sweeney, Jason Aycock as love-struck Wall Street broker Billy Crocker, Dorothy Cowan as debutante Hope Harcourt, Dan Morris as Moonface Martin, Eric Paisley as Elisha J. Whitney, Michelle Reiff as Mrs. Wadsworth T. Harcourt, Heather Setzler as Bonnie and Zack Simcoe as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, Hope’s fiancé.

The production is directed and choreographed by Ron Chisholm, with music direction by Lorene Walsh and assistant choreographer Mary Beth Henderson.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Aug. 13, 14, 20, 21 and 3 p.m. Aug. 15 and Aug. 22.

Thalian Hall is at 310 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington.

Tickets are $25. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available for all performances.

Tickets are on sale at the center box office in the lobby of Thalian Hall, 2-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Tickets also can be ordered by phone at (910) 632-2285 or online at www.thalianhall.org.