Tapping their inner actors

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.

— Francesca DiGiorgio, a junior, plays Crocker’s love interest.

“I like the fact that she’s got that ingénue,” said DiGiorgio of her character. “You know, she’s got that innocence, that glow to her that not a lot of the other characters in the show have. She’s kind of young and has been tossed into this world of aristocratic culture. She’s expected to go and marry this wealthy man who she doesn’t really love, which is Billy.”

Yeara raved about his cast and the unique choreography created by Vincent.

“Bethlehem is blessed year after year with very talented students and despite being told that ‘Bethlehem kids can’t tap,’ Danielle Vincent will show the grumblers to be wrong,” he said.

Vincent said she’s waited years to direct the dancing for “Anything Goes” because it is a tap show and she has a tap background. She was actually surprised by the amount of students who auditioned with tapping skills.

“There were girls who came and said ‘I’m not a singer, I’m not an actor, but I can dance and I want to be a part of the show,’” she said. “So it’s nice that it pulls people in who normally wouldn’t do this sort of thing.”

Mary Allendorph, who plays an Evangelist-turned-nightclub-singer, said the audience will love the show because the production is colorful and each character has a different, relatable personality.

“And the music is great,” she said. “This year in particular, with the ensemble, we sound really great.”

According to Yeara, “Anything Goes” has been overhauled at least three times since it was first produced in 1934 and although some of the jokes are older, it is still popular.

“’Anything Goes’ was a Tony Award winner just last year and is still packing the house on Broadway,” he said.

Seamus Barrett, who plays Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, the fiancé of Hope Harcourt, said he likes performing the classic comedy of the early Broadway shows because in recent years the shows the troupe produced were newer, like “Seussical the Musical.”

“I think the audience is going to walk away with an experience they’ve never seen at Stage 700 before,” he said.

Show times are March 29, 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. and April 1 at 2 p.m. at the Bethlehem High School auditorium. Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 15 and cost $8 for seniors, students and military personnel, and $10 for adults.

To learn more, visit www.stage700.com.

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