College of Fine Arts and Design

Local Stage Favorite Renee Anderson Leads Cast on a Madcap Adventure in Summerstock's 'Anything Goes

July 12, 2012

Summerstock Productions, in partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma, will stage the romantic high seas adventure, "Anything Goes" July 20-22 and 27-29 at Mitchell Hall Theater on Central's campus in Edmond.            

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.                 

"Anything Goes" follows an eclectic group of ocean liner passengers on their journey from New York to London. Hilarity ensues as destiny gets a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.  The Cole Porter classic features some of musical theatre's most memorable standards, including "I Get a Kick out Of You," "It's De-lovely" and "Anything Goes."

Summerstock Executive Director Shannon Hurleigh said "Anything Goes" will be a good time for the whole family.

"I've really enjoyed working on this show. The script and score are incredibly fun and clever, the dancing is so exciting, and our cast is composed of top-notch musical theatre actors from Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro area," she said.

Local theatre favorite Renee Anderson will portray the lead role of nightclub singer Reno Sweeney. Anderson has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Repertory Theater. In addition, she has starred in regional productions at Dallas Summer Musicals, Kansas City Starlight Theater and Atlanta Theater of the Stars. Fans will remember that she portrayed Annie Oakley in the 2011 production of Summerstock's "Annie Get Your Gun."          

"This is a fantastic role," said Anderson. "I've always loved the music of Cole Porter and the show ‘Anything Goes.' It's such a classic musical. Since my first experience with Summerstock last year, I hoped that I would get the chance to return for another show. Shannon was a fantastic director and I look forward to working with her again."

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for children for evening shows. Matinees are $15 for adults and $10 dollars for children.  Tickets may be purchased online by going to www.summerstockok.com or by calling the Mitchell Hall Theater box office at (405) 974-3375.  The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tickets also will be available at the door. All seating is general admission.   

Summerstock season sponsors include the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, The Kerr Foundation, Inc., Edmond Life and Leisure, The Edmond Sun, KFOR, OU Medical Center Edmond, T & S Web Design and Parkway Cleaners. For more information, visit www.summerstockok.com.