Looking for something to do this weekend? The Temecula Valley Players will be running their final weekend of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes". The production features some 35 actors, singers and dancers from across the region, as well as the recognized talents of Director Paul Kehler, Choreographer Cheri Kehler and Musical Director Brian Smith.
Set aboard the USS American, the play includes star-crossed lovers, gangster wanna-be's, Wall Street wizards and an assortment of drinkers, partyers, gunslingers and holy rollers to keep any cruise happy. Well known musical numbers include "Anything Goes", "Blow Gabriel, Blow", "You're the Top", "I Get a Kick out of You", "Let's Misbehave" and more.
Central to this play is the massive set - the largest ever constructed on stage at the Old Town Temecula Theater. The USS American spans the stage and rises nearly 20 feet on three levels connected by spiral stairs and ramps to facilitate dancing and cavorting side to side and from the top to the bottom of the stage. Bars, staterooms and showrooms are separately constructed and wheeled into place as required.
"One thing about this musical most people don't realize is that in addition to the well known songs, the tap dancing and ballroom work, the play is just funny as heck," according to Producer Gene Wunderlich. "I'm not a theater aficianado and as I was watching Paul and Cheri build the production, I was really surprised that under all the glitz this is really a great comedy that will have people rolling in the aisles. I've seen the play now 6 times over the last two weeks and I'm still laughing every time - because with live theater there's something new every night. The other night we had a 'wardrobe malfunction' where a main characters dress split all the way up the back during an already funny scene. For all the audience knew, it might have been a scripted moment because the show went on, the actors never lost character and a few well times lines and a well placed pillow saved us from an R rating."
This weekend will be your last opportunity to see this show locally. Thursday nights have been sold out both weeks and advance sales are pointing to another strong run this week. There are still seats available for Friday and Saturday evening shows at 7:30 and the Sunday 2 pm matinee is filing fast. So you can sit home and complain about having nothing to do or you can come enjoy your neighbors helping keep live theater alive in the valley. Come play with us.
I can't figure out how to embed a video so click here to watch a great one from the show.