1996 Anything Goes

The year is 1934, and crossing the Atlantic ocean between new York and Southampton is the luxury liner the SS American.

Travelling on board are Hope Harcourt; her mother, a society matron and the foppish Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, Hopes English Finance. Also on board are Reno Sweeny, a night club singer (and former Evangelist) and her artistes, The Four Angels;Elisha J. Whitney , a wall street executive; the gangster Moonface Martin, disguised as a Priest and Bonnie, a Gangsters Moll. Whitney’s general manager, Billy Crocker, has also boarded the ship to finalise his bosses travelling arrangements. 

Whilst still on board Billy encounters Reno, who is an old friend, and after being sacked and then re-instated by Whitney, bumps into Hope, a girl he had met previously at a party. Appalled by the thought of her marrying Sir Evelyn, he stows away to try and stop the wedding. With no ticket for the voyage, Billy is soon befriended by the gangster Moonface who gives Billy the passport and ticket of another gangster. As a result Billy has to adopt a number of disguises to avoid arrest. Billy finds himself falling in live with Hope and asks Reno to keep Sir Evelyn out of the way.

Meanwhile Bonnie has been making herself useful by keeping a look-out on behalf of Moonface and Billy, at the same

time finding comfort in the arms of a sailor or two. Reno having agreed to keep Sir Evelyn out of the path of Hope and Billy , finds herself falling in love with the Englishman. Billy finding life difficult, is no longer able to keep up his disguise and announces to the whole company that he is an impostor. As a result he gets thrown into the brig for stealing a first class ticket and is joined by Moonface who has just confessed he is Public Enemy number 13.

There they learn that Mrs Harcourt has arranged for Hope to marry Sir Evelyn on board ship and a plot is hatched to escape to prevent the wedding.

Meanwhile, Sir Evelyn admits to Reno that instead of marrying Hope he would rather be with her, but cannot bring himself to jilt Hope. With the help of Billy and Moonface, Reno takes things into her own hands and “Blackmails” Sir Evelyn into giving up Hope leaving the coast clear for Billy to marry Hope and Sire Evelyn to marry her. so with all the romances resolving themselves to everyone’s satisfaction, we know that, on board ship at least “Anything Goes”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performed at Oakengates Theatre, 15th-19th October, 1996

Cast List
Reno Sweeney Joanna Widing
Billy Crocker Eric Pover
Moonface Martin Roger Ashford
Bonnie Lynn Hunt
Sir Evelyn Oakleigh Nigel Whyles
Hope Harcourt Debbie Owen
Mrs Wadsworth T.Harcourt Peggy Williams
Elisha J. Whitney Mike Harrison
Bishop Keith Roberts
Captain Andrew Murray
Purser Robin Cooper
Steward Steve Manley
Reporter David Leask
Cameraman Patrick Edwards
Ching Ian Pickford
Ling Andy Read
Purity Rosemary Suggitt
Chastity Elizabeth Gunn
Charity Jo Carter
Virtue Gina Snape
Sailors & Passengers
Stephanie Hood Brenda Guy Jennie Elliott Patrick Edwards
Sarah Dumbrill Kathy Dumbrill Ken Brookes Phylis Anderson
Andy Jones Mary Young Gill Williams Keith Tisdale
Helen Slater Andy Slater Carole Rutter Jo McMellon
The Production Team
Director Helen Bryant
Musical Director Alistair Craib
Choreographer Lynn Hunt
Accompanist Pam Vaughan John Adlington
Stage Manager Ian Maxwell-Muller
Assistant Stage Manager Mike Law
Stage Crew Mark Law Rob Hughes James Elliott
Alistair Craib Peter Cooper Theresa Collins
Phil Brown John Brown Simon Tranter
Keith Roberts Andrew Murray
Lighting Technician Brian Eades
Sound Technician Ray Newell
Wardrobe Margaret Evans
Assisted by Pat Brown Gill Reade-Jones Anne Leedam
Caren Bennett
Prompt Alyson Douglas
Properties Norma Tranter Keith Roberts
Properties Team Pat Hughes Alan Hughes
Make Up Rob Talbot Ray Hindley
Hair Norma Smith
Assisted by Sue Munslow
Calls Helen Pickford
Front of House Manager Sioned Roberts
Assisted by Members & Friends of the Society
Ticket Secretary Carole Rutter
Sponsorship Ian Pickford