KODS Presented ‘Anything Goes!’
Thursday 1st to Saturday 10th March 2007
at the Rose Theatre, Kidderminster
Director: Nigel Preece
Musical Director: Sue Preece
Choreographer: Denise Churchett
The action takes place on the SS AMERICAN, sailing from New York to England. On board are the beautiful American heiress Hope Harcourt (Sarah Richards), her English fiancé Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (Darren Richards) and Hope’s mother (Daphne Knight). Stowing away on board is Billy Crocker (Ian Boulstridge), a young admirer of Hope’s who can’t believe she would really marry the silly Sir Evelyn and determines to try and stop her.
Public Enemy Number Thirteen (Steve Coussens), with his moll Bonnie (Salli Hunt), is also along for the ride and he passes on to Billy the passport and ticket of a gangster friend of his who didn’t catch the boat. This leads, to unwelcome complications for Billy as he and the Public Enemy have to keep changing disguises to avoid arrest. Keeping the steam at boiling point in the ship’s engine room arid working the stabilisers overtime is sexy, incandescent Reno Sweeny (Jill Parmenter), ex-evangelist and currently night club singer, With her help all the shipboard disasters are averted and all the romances sorted out including her own.
This show, widely regarded as the very best of Cole Porter, shows off all the consumate skills of a master, right at the very peak of his powers.
Nigel Preece, the show’s Producer said:
I would particularly like to congratulate Sali Hunt who played Bonnie and Ian Boulstridge who played Billy. Both were making their debuts in lead roles, and both gave performances I could only have dreamed of. Our more seasoned performers, Jill Parmenter (Reno Sweeney), Sarah Richards (Hope Harcourt), Darren Richards (Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), Steve Coussens (Moonface Martin), John Jones (Elisha J Whitney) and Daphne Knight (Mrs Harcourt) all gave wonderful performances. It has been a privilege working you all and I look forward to the next time with great anticipation.
The set was built at our rehearsal rooms to enable the cast to rehearse on it, and I owe a dept of grattitude to Yvonne Dawson, our Stage Manager, Kevin Rutland and all the members who worked tirelessly on Saturday mornings to produce one of the finest sets I have seen. Thank you very much to all of you.
My thanks also go to Sue Preece (Musical Director) and Tena Parmenter (Choreographer) for all their help and support over the past 6 months. Denise Churchett helped out on some extra dancing towards the end, and for that I am also grateful.
And finally, a huge thank you to all our audiences who packed The Rose Theatre out night after night and gave the show a tremendous reception! We look forward to seeing you in September for Murdered to Death” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” in March 2008. Please contact us if you would like to take part or help with the production!”..