Photo Flash: First Look at Ocean State Theatre's ANYTHING GOES
Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its fourth season in its comfortable stadium-style theatre in Warwick presents the stylish, spirited and fast-paced musical comedy Anything Goes through May 22. Check out the cast in action below!
The Tony Award-winning Cole Porter classic, Anything Goes, which tells the age-old tale of boy meets girl and the complications which ensue, takes place aboard the SS America, sailing from New York to England, carrying an unusual group of passengers. Included amongst them are a gangster, his "moll," a wealthy debutante, her mother, her fiancé, a nightclub singing evangelist, a wealthy New York businessman, his stowaway assistant, sexy showgirls, and plenty of sailors. The amusing story is wrapped around a magical score including "It's De-Lovely," "Friendship," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "All Through The Night," "Anything Goes," "You're The Top," and "Blow, Gabriel, Blow."
Producing Artistic Director Amiee Turner returns to the director's chair, having directed this season's productions of The Miracle Worker, It's a Wonderful Life and The Addams Family. Esther Zabinski, who music directed previous OSTC productions of 1776, The Addams Family, Into the Woods, Meet Me in St. Louis, My Fair Lady, Miracle on 34th Street and RENT, returns as music director and Gerrianne Genga, who has appeared onstage with OSTC in productions of Lend Me a Tenor and 42nd Street, makes her OSTC debut as choreographer. New York vocalist/actress Jessica Wagner, who won rave reviews as Eliza Doolittle in OSTC's production of My Fair Lady last season, returns in the lead role of Reno Sweeney, with New York actor Nate Suggs and Jade Genga of East Greenwich in the roles of Billy Crocker and Hope Harcourt. Westerly's Diana Blanda makes her OSTC debut as Evangeline Harcourt and Jason Loete of Cranston, who appeared as Mal Beineke in The Addams Family earlier this season, returns in the role of Elisha Whitney. Dennis Setteducati, who OSTC audiences will remember as Bert in 42nd Street, will be portraying the role of gangster Moonface Martin, with Katie Howe, who is performing in her home state for the first time in over ten years, playing Erma. Rounding out the cast are Rachel Abbate of Norfolk, Mass., Connie Anderson of Woonsocket, Andrew Boza, Blayne Gregg-Miller and Christopher Violett of New York, Nicole Calkins, David Groccia andVictoria Nason of North Providence, Joshua Christensen of Warwick, Neil Jeronimo and Brian-Barry Pereira of Swansea, Daniel Larson of Smithfield, Taylor Hilt Mitchell of Warwick, Jonathan Olivera and Tobias Wilson of Providence, Alison Russo of Pawtucket, Rickey Viloria of Cambridge, Mass., Dan Walsh of Burrillville, and Stefani Wood of Riverside.
Anything Goes will be presented at Ocean State Theatre from April 27 - May 22. Previews are scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, April 28 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. All other performances will be held Wednesday (except May 4), Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Thursdays (except April 12) and Sundays. Special matinees on Wednesday, May 4 and Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 pm. Conducting Conversations Live!, a free post-show discussion hosted by WCRI's Mike Maino, will follow the 2pm performance on Sunday, May 1. The post show Piano Bar Series, hosted by Robert Miller, Jr., will continue following Friday and Saturday evening performances in the theatre's lobby on May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21.
The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Tickets are $39 for preview performances and $39-$59 for all other performances. Discount rates for groups of 20 or more are available by calling (401) 921-1777 x112. $30 "Rush" tickets are available on a limited basis one hour prior to curtain on the day of the performance. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from 12 noon - 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 12 noon - 4:00 pm, and from 12 noon until curtain time on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at www.OceanStateTheatre.org and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800.
Photos by Mark Turek
Jessica Wagner and Nate Suggs
Nate Suggs and Jason Loete
Dennis Setteducati and Nate Suggs
Jade Genga and Nate Suggs
Jessica Wagner and Nate Suggs
Jessica Wagner & Company