The Stage North Theatre Company, sponsored by The UpNorth Indoor Bounce House, will host auditions for “Anything Goes” at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.
People who attend are asked to meet in the main lobby for audition forms and information. The play is for ages 14 and up.
Those planning to audition should dress to move and should bring tap shoes, if they have them. A song from the show will be taught and used as the general audition piece. If interested in a lead, solo singing role, prepare a Broadway-style selection - no pop tunes, a news release stated. People will read from the script.
Rehearsals will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. There will also be a tap dance tune-up session from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Franklin Arts Center auditorium.
Performances of “Anything Goes” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, March 26-27 and April 2-3, and at 2 p.m. Saturdays, March 28 and April 4, at the Franklin Arts Center.
The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London.
Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to the very British Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy No. 13, “Moonface” Martin, aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The musical introduced such songs as “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”
The script calls for many men, including Billy Crocker, a male romantic lead; Elisha Whitney, Billy’s boss, a wealthy tycoon; Moonface Martin, a hapless gangster; Public Enemy No. 13; Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, a wealthy Englishman; Henry T. Dobson, a minister; Luke and John, his two Christian converts; Fred, a bartender; and the ship’s captain and purser and various sailors in the ensemble.
The female leads include: Reno Sweeney, a nightclub singer; her Angels - Purity, Chastity, Charity and Virtue; Hope Harcourt, a beautiful debutante; Evangeline Harcourt, Hope’s mother; Erma, the girlfriend of Moonface Martin; and many passengers, photographers and reporters.
“Anything Goes” will be directed by Gary Hirsch and choreographed by Wendy DeGeest. The music will be directed by Hannah Wallis, and set design by Tim Leagjeld.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural and Heritage Fund.