Anything Goes at Oak Bay High next week

Anything Goes at Oak Bay High next week

Production brings tongue-in-cheek musical to Dave Dunnet Community Theatre

Oak Bay High set sail on the SS American next week mired in the culture of the 1930s.

“This year the Oak Bay musical will be Anything Goes by Cole Porter which is a very bright, effervescent and tongue in cheek look back at the 1930s,” says director Heather-Elaine Day. “This is a great fun challenge for these students. This is an era that they have very little knowledge of. The post-depression, pre-World War Two years, it’s full of very strong female characters, very flippant references, high kicks and lots of fun.”

The cast and crew of 48 students are “handling it very well, they’re doing a great job,” Day says.

The 1934 musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, follows the antics aboard a cruiseship. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The musical introduced such songs as “Anything Goes”, “You’re the Top”, and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”

“It is a big musical, every scene has at least two full production numbers in it and it’s a two and a half hour show so there’s a lot for these students to do.”

The big numbers are part of the draw for the young performers like Grade 11 students Leah Zack and Owen Chow.

“It’s really funny. There are a lot of good moments and teach character has their own type of humour which is really appealing,” Leah says.

“It’s very fast moving. You’re never going to be sitting in your seat (thinking) ‘Why did I come this is boring’. It’s always very exciting, lots of stuff is always happening,” Owen says.

Owen plays the overworked assistant to a “very busy boss” while busy trying to woo a lover. Leah is Reno Sweeney, an evangelist and night club singer who is “fairly infatuated with Billy who is fairly younger than her.” She’s not the lover he’s trying to win over who happens to be spoken for, all leading to the humour throughout. For Owen and Leah, the highlight is their grand duet.

“It’s so upbeat and uplifting from the beginning of the show you ease into it. You’re the Top it’s big and grand,” Leah says.

That youthful energy shines throughout the performance, according to Day.

“The enthusiasm of the cast has been extraordinary,” she says. “They’re so excited to do this production. They love getting on tap shoes and trying it for the first time.”

Oak Bay High presents the musical Anything Goes starting Feb. 23 in the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre on Feb. 23, 24, 28 and March 1,2,3 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at the school, 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd.

Tickets, $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, are available at Ivy’s Bookshop (2188 Oak Bay Ave.), The Shieling (3948 Cadboro Bay Rd.) and the Oak Bay High office.


 

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Oak Bay High School

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A spokesperson for the Peninsula Country Market is upset that their third and final Winter Market won’t happen this Saturday in Central Saanich’s Centennial Park following moves by the municipality. (Facebook/Peninsula Country Market)
Central Saanich postpones weekend Winter Market, organizers upset

Lorea Tomsin said municipality’s move runs counter to provincial direction

As cyclists and pedestrians pass by at Humboldt and Government streets, a garden of blooming black-eyed Susans brightens up the northwest corner of the Fairmont Empress Hotel property on a partially sunny November afternoon. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Keep your umbrella handy for the next while around Greater Victoria

November has lived up to its reputation as one of the rainiest months of the year

Victoria-Swan Lake MLA Rob Fleming moves to the role of transportation minister in the NDP’s new cabinet. (B.C. government file photo)
Greater Victoria MLAs claim key roles in new cabinet

Transportation, Indigenous relations, children and family development ministries headed by locals

Penny Hart is emotional outside the Saanich Police Department as she pleads for helpt to find her son Sean Hart last seen Nov. 6 at a health institution in Saanich. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
VIDEO: Mother of missing Saanich man begs public to help find her son

Sean Hart last seen leaving Saanich mental health facility Nov. 6

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 24

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(AP Photo/Haven Daley)
POLL: Do you think the current COVID-19 restrictions should continue beyond Dec. 7?

One week into the new restrictions to curtail the spread of the… Continue reading

Police in Nanaimo are looking for a suspect who wore a black-and-white striped hoodie and rode a yellow mountain bike when he allegedly stole three children’s backpacks from a daycare facility. (Photo submitted)
VIDEO: Thief steals children’s backpacks from daycare in Nanaimo

Suspect rode a yellow mountain bike and made off with backpacks hanging on fence

Arthur Topham has been sentenced to one month of house arrest and three years of probation after breaching the terms of his probation. Topham was convicted of promoting hate against Jewish people in 2015. (Photo submitted)
Quesnel man convicted for anti-Semitic website sentenced to house arrest for probation breach

Arthur Topham was convicted of breaching probation following his 2017 sentence for promoting hatred

Langley School District's board office. (Langley Advance Times files)
‘Sick Out’ aims to pressure B.C. schools over masks, class sizes

Parents from Langley and Surrey are worried about COVID safety in classrooms

The Klahoose First Nation village on Cortes Island is under lockdown until further notice due to a positive COVID-19 test. Photo courtesy Kevin Peacey.
Cortes Island First Nation community locked down due to positive COVID-19 test

Klahoose First Nation has had one positive test, one other potential case

Ladysmith’s 1st Avenue will be lit up until January 15. (Cole Schisler photo)
Light Up parade a no-go, but Ladysmith’s streets are still all aglow

Although the tradition Light Up this year was cancelled, folks can still enjoy the holiday lights

The baby boy born to Gillian and Dave McIntosh of Abbotsford was released from hospital on Wednesday (Nov. 25) while Gillian continues to fight for her life after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
B.C. mom with COVID-19 still fighting for life while newborn baby now at home

Son was delivered Nov. 10 while Gillian McIntosh was in an induced coma

Most Read