Christendom College’s theater group, the Christendom Players, will be performing the hit Broadway musical, Anything Goes this spring. Directed by alumna Elizabeth Foeckler and produced by senior Nicole Feldman, the musical will hit the stage April 12-14.
Anything Goes is the latest musical for the Players, after successful productions of Les Miserables, The Drowsy Chaperone, and many others. The musical reunites Foeckler and Feldman, who created the hit play, An Evening of Shakespeare, at Christendom last fall.
“Anything Goes was originally my suggestion as a tribute to my grandmother, who was in this show in the early 1970s,” recalls Feldman. “When she passed away, I would listen to the CD on repeat and thus it became one of my favorite musicals. Elizabeth Foeckler and Dr. Patrick Keats, our faculty advisor, thought it would be a real good fit for our talent and its well-known songs ‘Friendship’ and ‘You’re the Top’ will be very familiar to the audience.”
Anything Goes was originally brought to Broadway in 1934, with revivals in 1987 and 2011 winning Tony Awards for Best Revival. The story concerns the antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London, as a stowaway tries to win the heart of another passenger on the ship.
While Christendom does not have a theater major, the students have found this an asset. While only theater majors are able to audition and perform at other colleges, any student is able to try out for a part in Christendom productions, resulting in a diversity of talent both on stage and behind the scenes that would not be possible otherwise.