Everyone on board Anything Goes

A scene from Anything Goes, Nelson Youth Theatre's latest production opening at the Theatre Royal tonight, until Saturday 29.

A scene from Anything Goes, Nelson Youth Theatre's latest production opening at the Theatre Royal tonight, until Saturday 29.


In typical comic fashion, Nelson Youth Theatre are about to deliver the romantic musical Anything Goes. Featuring multiple disguises, mistaken identities, shipboard romances and showgirls, there's also a live onstage band, a toe-tapping score and some fabulous dance sequences. 

The story tells of love struck Billy Crocker, who sneaks on board a cruise ship in the hope of winning over the love of his life, Reno Sweeney, who is sailing off to get married to someone else. 

Featuring a musical set from the 30's, wrapped around one of Cole Porter's most magical scores, songs include It's De-Lovely, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Let's Misbehave, All Through The Night, You're the Top, Blow Gabriel Blow, and Anything Goes.

The leads are Yitzin Ruiz Lopez and Jack Munro as Billy Crocker and Mackenzie Skye Gardner and Caitlin Brennan as Reno Sweeney. They head a double cast of 32 talented teenagers aged between 12 and 18.

Yitzin, a Year 13 Nelson College student, has been involved with Nelson Youth Theatre for seven years, including playing a pickpocket in Oliver in 2010.

"Being on stage with the seniors made me want to become a better performer and further my musical theatre abilities," Yitzin says. 

He also loves that Billy is such a stand out character in the show, always getting himself into trouble. 

"Whether he's dressed as a sailor to remain unseen by the ship's officers, or having to lie that he is the biggest criminal in America, there is definitely no lack of humour in the show."

Aimee Robinson,16, has been choreographing shows since she was 12, starting with a couple of dance sequences in CATS, then the whole show for Jesus Christ Superstar.  She also plays Bonnie, a gangster's mole, in Anything Goes.

"I am a tap dancer and it's 1930's style music, so this show is right up my street," Aimee says. 

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Her dual role as Bonnie and the show's choreographer has been a challenging but rewarding one. 

"Seeing something you have designed being performed on stage is one of my most fulfilling experiences," Aimee says. "The enthusiasm of the cast really shines through on stage and performing with such a fun and talented cast is very exhilarating."

Director Richard Carruthers says Anything Goes is probably one of the funniest musicals ever written.

"...it's hard not to crack up laughing at the antics of the characters, even after you've seen the show a couple of dozen times," Carruthers says. "It's very much a G rated show and is suitable for lovers of dance, 30's music and costumes, comedy and anyone wanting a fun night's entertainment."

Anything Goes, Nelson Youth Theatre, the Theatre Royal, Rutherford St, Nelson, tonight, 7pm, to April 29. Tickets at Theatre Royal.

 - Stuff

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