The cast and crew of 's spring musical, Anything Goes, will perform for a live audience for the first time today after two months worth of rehearsal that began just after winter break.
The show is a love story that unfolds during a cruise hosting a variety of personalities. Sprinkled with comedy and irony, there are 52 Grosse Pointe North students cast in the production. There is also a behind-the-scene student production crew handling sound, lighting, props and more.
Director Marty Bufalini said the group only began adding costumes and makeup to rehearsals within the last few weeks but they've been working on the production since returning from winter break.
Helping Bufalini are Dave Cleveland, who is directing the pit musicians, Don Bishchoff, the cherographer, and Ben Henri, the vocal director. Additionally, Bufalini said there are many parents who have been helping make costumes, sold ads and more.
Speaking to the talent of the students, Bufalini said "everyone does a really good job. There is always a lot of tweaking to be done" in rehearsals.
There are some new students in the production as well as those who keep returning for parts in the student plays, he said.
During his eight years working with North actors, Bufalini said his goal has always been to build the program as a professional show. The audience the peformances draw, he said, are telling. There are many more people from the public who attend, he said, explaining the audience is not just filled with families of those on stage.
Three performances are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Grosse Pointe Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and balcony seating is $8 with open seating.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at .
- Below is a list of the cast for Anything Goes:
- Reno Sweeney--Jasmine Scott
- Moonface Martin--Robert Cobau
- Evangeline Harcourt--Katie Murray
- Elisha Whitney--Peter Gritsas
- Billy Crocker--Jeremy Harr
- Lord Evelyn Oakleigh--Logan Hart
- Hope Harcourt--Emily Bott
- Erma--Claire Schreiber
- The Captain--Pearce Reickert
- Cruise Director--Kristina Kamm
- Luke--Jacob VandenBoom
- John--Kyle Stefek
- Bishop Henry T. Dobson--Perry Jemison
- Bartender--Ryan Waggoner
- Leslie Jacobs
- Aubry Patrosso
- Jacq Clark
- Hannah Kadrich
- Virtue ----------- Megan McCuen
- Chastity--------Christina Amato
- Purity ------------- Molly Lupo
- Charity-----------Sara Shook
QUARTETTE (also sailors)
- James Spencer
- Ryan Waggoner
- Marty Brown
- LaMont Josey
- Carly Broman
- Tess Kolp
- Stephanie Saravolatz
- Kristina Kamm
- Sara Mounger
- Jillian Fenner
- Samantha Bajis
- Analisa Guido
- Jacob Surzyn
- Myles Harlan
- Panos Varlamos
- Freddy Dodge
- Hunter Brennan
- Sydney Scott
- Abby Casterline
- Nicole Fricke
- Shannon McEnroe
- Magy Shenouda
- Leah Fishwick
- Alanna Sparks
- Katelyn Carroll
- Courtney Carroll
- Emily Hoshaw
- Sarah Neuenfeldt
- Old lady in wheelchair--Stephanie Saravolatz
- FBI--Analisa Guido, Katelyn Carroll
- Photographer--Courtney Carroll
- Reporter--Tess Kolp