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‘Adventurous’ musical opens this weekend at Hampshire Regional

  • CAROL LOLLIS
  • Hampshire Regional High School performing a preview of Anything Goes Friday morning. <br/><br/>
  • Hampshire Regional High School performing a preview of Anything Goes Friday morning. <br/><br/>
  • Cam Cote and Zoe Baghdoyan in the Hampshire Regional High School production of Anything Goes Friday morning. <br/><br/>
  • Hampshire Regional High School performing a preview of Anything Goes Friday morning. <br/><br/>

“It’s the largest production we’ve ever put together,” said Goshen resident Susan Davidson, the show’s assistant producer. “The set is the most amazing thing we’ve ever done and it’s a challenging musical show.” The musical runs Friday through Sunday.

“Anything Goes” is a classic comic musical about passengers on an ocean liner trip from New York to London in 1934. The action is driven, in part, by stowaway Billy Crocker’s efforts to woo heiress Hope Harcourt and colored by famous Cole Porter songs, fun characters and a lot of tap dancing, Davidson said.

“We’ve wanted to do this musical for six years, but we felt we weren’t ready until now,” she said. “It’s a combination of things, but the talent of our seniors and juniors is big. Our senior class is really strong; a lot of them have been through all six shows with us.”

The musical is made up of about 80 students from both middle and high school, including 45 cast members and nine dancers who study at the Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Easthampton. “This group is extremely talented,” Davidson said.

The stars of the show include senior Cameron Cote as Billy Crocker, junior Lizzy Rausch as nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, senior Zoe Baghdoyan as Hope Harcourt, senior Ben Ashley as gangster Moonface Martin and senior Alyssa Labrie as his sidekick Bonnie.

“They’re all fabulous roles; the kids really took on huge parts and they worked really hard,” Davidson said.

Technical Director Joe Larkin and a team of volunteers built an set that transforms the stage into a ship, she said. “They built the bow of the ship and a catwalk that goes into the orchestra pit, almost into the front row seats,” she said. “They’ll be dancing out there, so it’ll be really exciting.”

Performances of “Anything Goes” take place at the high school at 19 Stage Road on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. plus matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Davidson said that following the Saturday matinee there will be a question-and-answer session with the senior performers, Director Amanda Weisenthal and Musical Director Rebecca Phelps.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance by emailing hrhstickets@gmail.com or calling 413-437-5597. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, and $8 for children under 12.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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