Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing

Spring Musical 'Anything Goes' Sets Sail

ArtworkApril 25, 2013

MOUNT VERNON, OH - MVNU's Spring Musical 'Anything Goes' is set to open on April 25 after weeks of hard work. All are invited to join with the cast and crew for a night of laughter and drama. Tickets are only $7 for the general public and $6 for students.


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"All aboard!" the captain of the cruise ship exclaims. Women in their cloché hats and men in their form-fitting suits stride onto the massive boat. The year is 1934, and it is the perfect day to begin journeying from Manhattan to England on a relaxing voyage.

Or so one would think . . . .

The musical, produced and performed by the Mount Vernon Nazarene University drama program, plays at 8 p.m. on April 25 and 26; 2 p.m. on April 27; 8 p.m. on May 2 and 3; and 2 p.m. on May 4. All shows are in the Thorne Performance Auditorium of the R.R. Hodges Chapel on the MVNU campus.

A tale of romance, comedy and deception, "Anything Goes" was written by Cole Porter in the early 1930s. It is said that the musical was given its name while the overworked production team was trying to figure out how to finish the first act. In frustration, one of the producers responded, "Anything goes!"

The set was designed by producer and director Leah Andrews and was built by her father, Steve Stone, and her husband, Mike Andrews. Costumes depict the fashion ideals of the time period. The play features student acting, dancing and singing, coached by musical director Elizabeth Barrett.

Lead roles performed by Mary Stoughton (Reno Sweeney), Veronica Grimm (Bonnie), Rachel Smart (Hope Harcourt), Cody Thomas (Evelyn Oakleigh), Brian Munson (Moonface Martin) and Ethan Briggs (Billy Crocker) engage the audience.

"I play Reno Sweeney, and she's very saucy and sultry," said Stoughton, a drama major. "It's fun to play those kinds of characters because it's so different from what I am in real life."

Zac Sherman, a supporting actor in 'Anything Goes,' said, "The cast are marvelous people to act with and our directors Leah Andrews and professor Elizabeth Barrett have been wonderful to work with," Sherman said. "You can really tell that they care about the students and put a hundred percent into the production."

Andrews, who has been leading the drama program for only a year, was excited to work with the students.

"I adore them!" Andrews said. "They are hilarious and entertaining; I can't count how many times I've teared up laughing at them.

"But more than that, they are such hard workers and so dedicated. I am utterly amazed at each of them, and I am so proud," Andrews said.

Tickets are available or by calling 397-9000 x1620 at $6 for students and $7 for the general public.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,500 students from 32 states and six countries/U.S. territories.


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