Making A Dramatic Difference
The CenterPoint Academy motto is “You Belong Here,” and nobody knows that better than the 716 people, ages 3-18, that we train in performing arts. What we really teach them, however, is how to be the awesomest version of themselves.
While the performing arts training, we offer is top-notch, taught by the best local working artists, the end result for the vast majority of our students isn’t the Broadway stage.
Instead, we use the arts to teach lessons that matter in any facet of life – confidence, discipline, leadership, self-esteem, teamwork, friendship, and creativity. Our students learn these universally-relevant skills and become assets wherever they go – at school, at work, at church, and at home.
The Academy provides unique performance opportunities to these students on the CenterPoint Theatre stages, performing for more than 15,000 people per year, in over 125 performances of more than a dozen different shows.
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Music Supervised, Adapted, and Produced by Bryan Louiselle
is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
Academy Directors – Danny & Wendy Inkley
Director – Danny Inkley
Producer – Jana Plowman
Choreographer -Bailee DeYoung
Music Director – Jessica Love
Stage Manager – Kristina Boler
Technical Director – Derek Walden
Lighting Design – Jordan Fowler
Sound Design – Derek Walden
Scenic Design – Truxton Moulton
Scenic Charge Artist – Cynthia Klumpp
Scenic Painter – Janae Gibb
Costume Design – Janell Roundy
Props Mistress – Marilyn Montgomery
Hair & Makeup Design – Kristen Alley
Anything Goes is widely considered one of the great classics of American musical theatre. Opening on Broadway in 1934 with two Broadway revivals, three National Tours, and three Filmed versions, the glorious score of this old standard is as familiar to much of American society as anything that’s ever been put on the stage.
Anything Goes is a mashup of screwball musical comedy, gangster movie, romantic comedy, and social satire. It’s a bunch of things in one, because, as the title says – Anything Goes. And amongst the flood of top-shelf songs and gags and clever quips, it makes a sharp comment on America’s habit of turning religion into show business and criminals into celebrities.
Anything Goes first opened in the time of John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, Al Capone, and speakeasies, but the commentary it presents is astonishingly relevant today. Society hasn’t changed much at all since 1934.
This show is special. It’s unlike anything we’ve done in my seven years at CenterPoint Academy, and it’s been so refreshing to watch these 140 teenagers become familiar with and embrace something so well known from almost nine decades ago.
I could not possibly be more proud of these young people. They’re incredible. I’m blessed to know them and work with them, and I learn the best things from them all the time.
I hope you love Anything Goes as we do. And amidst the laughs and cheers and hand-clapping, foot-stomping, good time, maybe, just maybe, Anything Goes will give you something to think about.
Scene 1 – A Manhattan Club
I Get A Kick Out Of You
There’s No Cure Like Travel
Scene 2 – Deck of the S.S. American
Scene 3 – Deck of the S.S. American
You’re The Top
Scene 4 – Moonfaces Cabin
Scene 5 – Deck of the S.S. American
There’ll Always Be A Lady Fair
Scene 6 – Deck of the S.S. American
Public Enemy Number One
Scene 7 – Ships Nightclub
Blow, Gabriel, Blow
Scene 8 – The Brig in one place and the deck in another
Be Like The Bluebird
All Through The Night
Scene 9 – Deck of the S.S. American
|Hope Harcourt||McKenzie Smith|
|Billy Crocker||Will Hoagland|
|Reno Sweeny||Janessa Funk|
|Lord Evelyn Oakleigh||Keegan Bailey|
|MoonFace Martin||Nate Liljenquist|
|Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt||Erin Larsen|
|Elisha J. Whitney||Jacob Stewart|
|Angel 1||Sophie Utley|
|Angel 2||Emily Stevens|
|Angel 3||Chloe Ashby|
|Angel 4||Rose Wilkinson|
|Deck Stewardess||Maclayne Inkley|
|Casey/Passenger 3||Eliza Preston|
|Sailor 1/Passenger||Xander Farrin|
|Sailor 2/Passenger||Adam Frasier|
|Sailor 3/FBI Agent 1/Passenger||Abigail Larsen|
|Sailor 4 FBI Agent 2/Passenger||Hailey Bradley/Hope Larsen|
|Sailor 5/Announcer/Passenger/Dance Core||Rachel Madsen|
|Sailor 6/Old Lady/Passenger/Dance Core||Grace Ivins|
|Sailor 7/Cook/Passenger/Dance Core||Claire Davis|
|Sailor 8/Passenger/Solist 1/Dance Core||Isabelle Inkley|
|Reporter 1/Passenger 1||Anna Burke|
|Reporter 2/Passenger 2||Aubry Alldredge|
|Reporter 3/Passenger||Abi Smoot|
|Photographer 1/Male Passenger||Emilee Jensen|
|Photographer 2/Female Passenger 1||Sarah Morris|
|Photographer 3/Passenger/Soloist 2||Sydney Pirouznia|
The Academy Fan Club is our theatre guild. It’s a group of grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and other Academy fans. It’s designed to take the incredible spirit of volunteerism and support here and to organize it in a more formal, effective way. The Fan Club supports the Academy with teaching, feeding, building, breaking down, costuming, propping, teaching, fundraising, and other cool things that make the Academy awesome.
Most of these Fan Club opportunities don’t take much time, but they make a real difference. You can see more about the Fan Club here:
Most importantly, WE LOVE GRANDPARENTS!!!
Grandparents are some of our biggest fans, and lots of our interest in even forming the Fan Club was to involve the grands. We want to include as many of them as possible.
To get involved, you can sign up online at the link above. And if you have questions, feel free to email Margo Beecher at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come play with CenterPoint Academy!
Auditions will take place by appointment from 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon. The show runs March 13th through April 11th. Shelby Ferrin will direct, Aaron Ford will choreograph and Tara Wardle will music direct.
Bring any conflicts from January 6th through April 11th along with a headshot and resume to auditions. Callbacks are scheduled for Tuesday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th. Rehearsals will start Monday, January 13th.
Auditions are open to all performers 8 years and older. Children are encouraged to audition with a parent or guardian. All roles are open. Come prepared to sing 30 seconds or less of a song in the style of the show. Live accompaniment will be provided. No pre-recorded music please.
Auditions will take place at the theatre located at 525 North, 400 West in Centerville. Enter in the building on the west side basement entrance. Please email the theatre at email@example.com to schedule an audition time.
Note: ages listed are approximate and represent how the characters read onstage, not necessarily the ages of the performers. Please note, where applicable, any requirements for on-stage intimacy or physicality.
MALE ROLES: HAROLD HILL: Smooth-talking con man and traveling salesman who beguiles the town before falling in love with Marian; overflowing with charm and charisma; kisses Marian; physically struggles with Charlie Cowell. RANGE: Ab2-F4, AGE: 30-45
MARCELLUS WASHBURN: Former con man and friend to Harold, now trying to settle down in River City; immensely likeable with comic timing; kisses Ethel; physically struggles with Charlie Cowell; leads an energetic dance. RANGE: A4-G2, AGE: 25-40
MAYOR GEORGE SHINN: The Mayor of River City, protective of his town and family; self-important, blustery, pompous, but not too bright. RANGE: Any, AGE: 40-60
WINTHROP PAROO: Marian’s adorable little brother who speaks with a lisp; precocious but moody. RANGE: C4-Eb5, AGE: 9-12
CHARLIE COWELL: Rival traveling salesman out to expose Harold Hill; determined and moralistic; kisses Marian; physically struggles with Marcellus and Harold; may also play a townsperson in some scenes. RANGE: Any, AGE: 25-45
TOMMY DJILAS: Trouble-making teenager who becomes an assistant leader of the boys’ band; rebellious but smart and handsome. RANGE: Any, AGE: 16-20
JACEY SQUIRES: Owner of livery stable and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the high tenor; married to Mrs. Squires. RANGE: C3-C5, AGE: 25-55
EWART DUNLOP: Owner of the general store and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the second tenor; married to Maud. RANGE: F3-F5, AGE: 25-55
OLIVER HIX: Banker and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the baritone; married to Alma. RANGE: B2-F4, AGE: 25-55
OLIN BRITT: Newspaper editor and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the bass. RANGE: F2-C4, AGE: 25-55
OTHER ROLES FOR MEN: Constable Locke, the town sheriff; Train conductor; Traveling salesmen; River City townspersons of all ages, shapes, and sizes some of them in “families”; River City boys/teens who sing, dance and join the boys’ band
FEMALE ROLES: MARIAN PAROO: Town librarian and piano teacher, sister of Winthrop and daughter of Mrs. Paroo; well-read, independent, head-strong, beautiful but elusive, hopelessly romantic but intensely guarded; kisses Harold and Charlie Cowell; RANGE: G3-A5, AGE: 25-35
MRS. PAROO: Widowed mother to Marian and Winthrop; sweet, cheerful, always busy, and slightly intrusive in her daughter’s love life; speaks with an Irish accent. RANGE: Ab3-Eb5, AGE: 45-55
EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN: Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife, a know-it-all busybody who knows everyone and everything in town; self-important, grandiose, gossipy, snobbish, and easily flattered; must have great comedic range without being over-the-top. RANGE: D4-D5, AGE: 40-50
AMARYLLIS: Marian’s piano student who likes Winthrop but teases him; sweet but a little bratty; must pretend to play the piano. RANGE: C4-E5, AGE: 9-12
ZANEETA SHINN: Mayor Shinn’s teenage daughter with a crush on Tommy Djilas; cute, feminine, a little daffy; dances energetically. RANGE: Any, AGE: 16-20
GRACIE SHINN: Mayor’s younger daughter. RANGE: Any, AGE: 9-12 ETHEL TOFFELMIER: Player piano player and town gossip who is dating Marcellus; jolly and friendly, but gossipy; kisses Marcellus. RANGE: Any, AGE: 25-35
ALMA HIX: Wife of Oliver Hix and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-45 MAUD DUNLOP: Wife of Ewart Dunlop and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-55 MRS. SQUIRES: Wife of Jacey Squires and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-55
OTHER ROLES FOR WOMEN/GIRLS: River City townspersons of all ages, shapes, and sizes, some of them in “families”; River City girls/teens who sing and dance.