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Choir program to open curtain with Anything Goes Feb. 8

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This year, choir is putting on the musical Anything Goes, a 2011 revival from the original 1934 show with singing, dancing and an incredible story about the passengers of the S. S. American. This is a back-and-forth show, with many plot twists and exhilarating upbeat musical numbers.

“Having a principal role is incredible,” said senior Lucas Revering, who plays Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, a passenger on the ship. “I am given the chance to be creative, loud and British. Rehearsals, despite their abundance, are special because I get to refine a character that no one else does. The musical experience has been wonderful since day one.”

The cast has rehearsed since early January to prepare for opening night. The first show is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Performing Arts Center. The show then runs for the rest of the weekend. Friday’s performance is at 7:30 p.m., and the Saturday shows are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Being in the musical has been so much fun,” sophomore Maia Flynn said. “I have learned so much in such a short amount of time. I never knew the environment of putting on a show, so I learned about the ebb and flow of it.”

Each choir class performs one number in the show. The lead roles are usually earned by upperclassmen in an audition in December.

“It’s really exciting,” sophomore Adam Jasper said. “Depending on your role, you have really difficult dances or not. It’s interesting to work with a professional choreographer on your dance routine. The whole strategy and organization of dances is pretty fascinating.”

Tickets are on sale now at www.westlakechoir.com. Shows often sell out, so purchasing in advanced is advised.  

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