Anything Goes in Heights High production

Leading cast members in Heights High's production of Anything Goes: (back row, from left) Grant Heineman, Gerald Shazor, Cecilia Payne, Callie Swaim-Fox, Lily Kerr-Jung; (middle row) Ivan Sexton, Carlilse Hall, Alexis Thompson, Kasia Bufford, Tulsni Black; (in front) Tedd Byers.

Heights High students will perform the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes on Nov. 3, 4 and 5, at 7 p.m., and Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. “This is an amazing score,” said Jesse Lange, vocal music director. “It is a showcase for the jazz standards that are a true American artform.”

Two casts will perform this comedy love story that is set on an ocean liner in the 1930s. “This show has everything,” continued Lange. “Love, sailors, gangsters, show girls and, best of all, tap dancing!”

Choreographer Katie Zarecki is the tap dance coach. “We love the tapping, but we have discovered that it is harder than it looks,” said Carlisle Hall, who plays Hope Harcourt.

The lead actors agree on two things: They love learning to tap dance, and the fellowship and camaraderie among the cast makes the experience “really fun.”

The production includes 43 members of the Instrumental Music Department who will perform in two alternating pit orchestras. The stage crew is constructing a cruise ship set.

“The music is fun and part of our American songbook,” said Lange. “Everyone will enjoy this show and will leave singing these amazing songs.”

Tickets went on sale on Sept. 26 at the Heights High choir website: Ticket prices are $10 and $6.

Joy Henderson

Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.

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