‘Anything Goes’ musical opens in Random Lake

Lakeshore Productions, Inc., will present the musical “Anything Goes” at Random Lake High School on Thurs., Aug. 4, and Fri., Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m.; on Sat., Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and on Sun., Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults and $6 for students/children. Tickets will be available at the door (advanced tickets are for sale now at Doegnitz Ace Hardware, 115 Allen St., Random Lake).

This will be the 21st summer musical presented in Random Lake.

Set in the 1950’s "Anything Goes" is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores — the age old tale of boy-meets-girl and the complications which follow. The S.S. American is sailing from New York to England with a passenger list including nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and her pal Billy Crocker, who is trying to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt. But Miss Harcourt already has a British fiancé, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. There are several gangsters on board, led by second rate con man Moonface Martin, a.k.a. “Public Enemy #13.”

Song, dance and antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life.

“Anything Goes” includes songs like “It’s De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “All Through The Night,” “Anything Goes,” “You’re The Top,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “Buddie Beware” and “Easy To Love.”

Amanda Desimowich of Grafton returns to the LPI stage as Reno Sweeney. She also had lead roles in "Mary Poppins" (2015) and "The Music Man" (2013).

Ben Johnson of Sheboygan makes his LPI debut as Billy Crocker. Logan Vander Wyst of Manitowoc portrays Moonface Martin, while Joshua Bohnhoff of Plymouth plays Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.

Other major roles include Susan Johnson of Sheboygan as the haughty Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt,

Bob Deyo of Fredonia as Wall Street banker Elisha Whitney, Molly Dewane of Manitowoc as Moonface's girlfriend Erma, Bob Eichner of Saukville as Captain Doegnitz, Robert Parker of Fredonia as The Purser and Jake Schwab of Plymouth as The Minister. Reformed gamblers Luke and John are played by Connor Schwab and Jeremy Martin, respectively, both of Random Lake.

Colin Barrington (Belgium) plays bartender Fred, an FBI agent, and a sailor, while Ben Ross of Adell is an FBI agent and sailor. Sam Gist of Glendale is a photographer and sailor. Tristan Barrington (Belgium) and William Rathke (Random Lake) portray sailors and reporters. Additional sailors are Alex Jentsch (Adell) and Shawn Lange (Fredonia).

The Angels (Reno's backup singers) include Whitney Rathke, Maureen Schommer and Judi Winker, all of Fredonia; Sarah Jensen and Grace Jentsch, both of Adell; Kendra Benson of Sheboygan; Lizzie Gist of Glendale; and Miranda Markham of Oostburg.

Doris Feider-Schlenvogt of Port Washington plays the Wheel Chair Lady and her son Bartholomew is Matt Markuson of Glendale. Debora Zinkel of Cedar Grove is the Scout Leader.

Other passengers include Hanna Best, Samantha Dahm, Cassandra Guzman, Jada Pulka and Ashton Rathke, all of Random Lake; Audrey Fassbender, Becca Minzlaff and Clara Paulus, all of Fredonia; Anna Jensen, Kaylee McCarty and Kira Packard, all of Adell; Meghan Cemke of West Bend; Lilly Cronwell of Glendale; Shyanne Koski of Waldo; Abby Lawrenz of Plymouth; Emma Lloyd of River Hills; Alyssa Schinner of Oostburg.

The Scouts include Karley Birenbaum, Maria Jensen and Kaci Packard, all of Adell; Skylar Hart of Fredonia; Rosemary Klemm of Cedar Grove; Dexter Lawrenz of Plymouth; Lena Stange of Random Lake.

Cheeky, the dog, will be portrayed by Bailey, the dog (a member of the Best family of Random Lake).

"Anything Goes" is directed by Roy Schwab (Plymouth), while his son Jacob Schwab is the assistant director/stage manager. Heidi Weinaug of Milwaukee is the choreographer, while Madalyn Navis of Cedar Grove is the music director/orchestra conductor. The staff includes set director Mike Schwab of Random Lake, technical director Gary Lobermier of West Bend, costume director Maureen Schommer of Fredonia and props director Bethanie Gist of Glendale.

For more information visit: www.lakeshoreproductions.org.

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