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First Year Players to present ‘Anything Goes’ April 6-8
First Year Players to present ‘Anything Goes’ April 6-8March 24, 2006Jaime Winne Alvarezjlwinne@syr.edu
First Year Players, Syracuse University’s student-run theater troupe, will perform its annual spring musical April 6-8 at 8 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium in the Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center. This year’s production, “Anything Goes,” the group’s 14th show, features a cast of 26 first-year and transfer students and is sponsored by SU’s Pulse and the Student Association.
Tickets — $7 for general admission and $4 for faculty, staff and students with SU I.D. — are available at the Schine Box Office by calling 443-4517. Parking for the April 6 performance will be available in the Marion and Comstock pay lots. Parking in both lots will be free for the April 7-8 performances.
Cole Porter wrote both the music and lyrics for the lively musical “Anything Goes,” based on the idea of producer Vinton Freedley, who once lived on a boat in Panama while trying to escape his debts. “Anything Goes” opened at the Alvin Theatre on Nov. 21, 1934, and was the fourth-longest-running musical of the 1930s.
The plot tells the story of Billy Crocker, a stowaway aboard the S.S. American, trying to win the heart of Hope, who is already promised to her fiance, Evelyn. The ship is sailing to England, where Hope and Evelyn are to be married. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney helps Billy by trying to woo Evelyn to leave Hope. Moonface Martin, dubbed “Public Enemy Number Thirteen,” and his sidekick Bonnie also try to help Billy break up Hope and Evelyn. The result is a hilarious musical that appeals to young and old.
First Year Players, a student-run musical theater organization, was founded in 1992 with the goal of providing first-year, non-drama majors the opportunity to showcase singing, dancing and acting talents. Many of the students return to join the upper-class production staff that runs the organization and produces events. This year, 40 students comprise that staff.