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Tap (and song) is back with BC production of ‘Anything Goes’

Mary Allendorph, who plays an Evangelist-turned-nightclub-singer, sings one of her big numbers with the cast.

Mary Allendorph, who plays an Evangelist-turned-nightclub-singer, sings one of her big numbers with the cast. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Audiences will be sure to “get a kick” out of this year's Bethlehem High School musical.

All of the deceit, romance and comedy of the Stage 700 production by Guy Bolton and P.J. Wodehouse takes place aboard the S.S. America as the Bethlehem cast presents “Anything Goes.”

“Danielle Vincent, the choreographer, has long wanted to do ‘Anything Goes’ and in honor of the impending birth of her daughter Dulcinea, we dedicated this ‘Anything Goes,’” said Director James Yeara. “Plus, I loved the Sutton Foster starring vehicle currently on Broadway.”

Set in the 1930s with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the production is about a Wall Street stockbroker who secretly falls in love with a New York City heiress. To steal the girl’s heart away from her betrothed, the young man stows away on an ocean liner headed London and to escape capture, must change his identity throughout the show.

“’Anything Goes’ will make you laugh, make you want to sing and will get you up on your feet to dance long into the night,” said Yeara. “In fact, we’ve been warned that we may have to put up special tap dance and fox trot areas in the parking lot.”

The show includes more that 100 cast and crew members and took months to produce.

Yeara said the show’s “silliness and joie de vivre” fits the talent of this year’s cast nicely.

Senior Ian Dembling plays lead Billy Crocker, out to win the love of debutant Hope Harcourt.

“Billy Crocker is quite a character and that’s what I like about him,” said Dembling. “He’s kind of the heartthrob of New York City basically and he’s in love. And what do you do when you’re in love? You do things irrationally.”

By playing Crocker, Dembling was given the chance to enhance the breadth of his acting skills. Since the protagonist is always attempting to evade capture, he is in disguise throughout most of the production.

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