The Christendom Players brought Cole Porter’s Anything Goes to life onstage on April 12-14, 2019. The college’s annual spring musical always provides a wonderful weekend of entertainment for audiences, but this year’s production was one of the biggest yet. With a large cast, an amazing set, and superb acting, this year’s hilarious show showcased the best theatrical talent Christendom has to offer.

Directed by alumna Elizabeth Foeckler and produced by senior Nicole Feldman, Anything Goes combined entertaining musical numbers with great acting and staging. Based on a book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, Anything Goes follows a young broker, Billy Crocker, as he attempts to win the hand of his true love, Hope Harcourt. Along the way, the audience meets wacky characters such as the Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and Moonface Martin, public enemy #13.

Laughter filled the auditorium as the characters continued to fall into crazy mishaps. Each performance had a great turnout, and the cast kept up the energy for all three shows.

The captivating set — the product of hours of work by the set crew — featured a catwalk, main deck, and two cabins, which complemented the fantastic acting and singing.

“Choreographing for Anything Goes was definitely a challenge, especially since many of the actors had never danced on stage before,” says Piroch.  “But with lots of practice — at least 5 hours a week just working on dance — everyone learned the choreography and did a great job. The key was to combine lots of simple motions that look complicated when put together and done to fast music.”

With over thirty talented actors, the stage was filled with eight-part harmonies, large-scale dancing, and lots of activity. The humorous and high-energy performances were dedicated to honor the memory of Fr. James O’Kielty, beloved chaplain of Christendom College and avid supporter of the Christendom Players, who passed away this spring.

“Christendom should be truly proud of the talent it is home to, and of the work that these dedicated students can and have accomplished — and all the while doing it with a sense of joy and purpose that few other theaters can claim,” concludes Foeckler.

The Christendom Players are a student-run group that performs two theatrical productions a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. In the past, the group has performed Les MiserablesThe Crucible, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hello, Dolly! and other elaborate productions.

To see more pictures from Anything Goes, click here.

Contributed by Riley Damitz (’20).

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