'Anything Goes' comes to Westminster stage September Song performs Broadway

September 16, 1992|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing Writer

WESTMINSTER -- A longtime tradition continues as the theatrical group September Song takes the stage to perform "Anything Goes" at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Westminster High School auditorium.

A matinee will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, with evening performances beginning at 8 p.m. again next Friday and Saturday.

The play, "Anything Goes," is based on the book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse. The music and lyrics were written by Cole Porter.

Arnie Hayes, who is producing this year's show, said "Anything Goes" incorporates all elements of the theater and will keep audiences entertained.

"Cole Porter is always a favorite, and in this show there is so much energy and a great deal of delightful tunes," Mr. Hayes said. "This is going to be a colorful, lively, dancing, fun show. It moves quickly and audiences will leave the show humming some of their favorite songs."

"Anything Goes" takes place in the late 1920s on a cruise ship carrying Americans to England.

An ex-boyfriend who is trying to break up the impending marriage of his girlfriend, a gangster and his moll attempting to escape the authorities, and a lady evangelist-turned-lounge singer supply the zany antics.

Hal Fox, who will be directing his first September Song production, said some 70 people have given their time and talent to bring the show to the stage.

The 43 member cast is peppered with seasoned September Song performers and some new faces.

"We have a great cross-section of the community involved in this production," said Mr. Fox, who works as the Uniserv director for the Carroll County Educators Association. "There are teachers, students and housewives. In every sense of the word, this is truly a community effort."

Mr. Fox, who acted in the past two September Song productions of "Kiss Me Kate" and "My Fair Lady," has been involved in some 50 productions with community theater and college groups throughout Maryland over the past 20 years.

Regarding his debut as director with September Song, Mr. Fox said, "I feel fortunate that I have had the opportunity to direct. The effort is for the good of the community and I feel good about it."

Since September Song was founded in 1974 by Mr. Hayes and Dr. Robert Kersey, a retired Carroll County educator, the organization has raised more than $153,000 for the developmentally disabled in the community.

Carroll Haven Inc., Richcroft Inc. and the Carroll County Therapeutic Recreation Council benefit each year from the proceeds of September Song performances.

"You talk about community volunteerism -- since 1974, we have had over 250 Carroll educators that have worked in our shows," Mr. Hayes said. "That says a lot since school ends in late June, rehearsals begin after July Fourth and we continue into late September when we take the stage."

Reserved tickets for all performances are $8 and are on sale at Scharon's Black Eagle in the Westminster Shopping Center. General admission tickets are $5.

Information: 876-1760.

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