That’s right, the Union High School Fine Arts Department is building a two story ocean liner…not one that will float, mind you, but you will get the idea. This elaborate build is for their Spring Musical, Anything Goes, which will be presented March 17-18.
With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, Anything Goes takes place on an ocean liner bound from New York to London. The story focuses on stowaway Billy Crocker’s efforts to win the heart of heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. The musical was first presented on Broadway in 1934, with several revivals having been performed in both the United States and Great Britain since that time. Featured songs include “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”
“This is by far the most elaborate construction we have done for a musical in the 17 years I have been at Union”, stated co-director Tim J. Mitchell.
“This classic American musical deserves as much detail work as possible and so we decided to go all in this year.”
The deck of the ocean liner will have two complete stories, five working doors, two sets of curved stairs, as well as walls that completely open up to transform the set to whole new locations. Most of the construction is being done by the directors and cast, with some special design and build help from Scott Garwood and Travis Fleshner. The set will also feature some amazing curved pipe work done by Corey Neuendorf and the crew at Motorhead Mayhem in La Porte City. The overall effect will help transport the audience to the glory days of ocean travel following the Great Depression.
For additional information about Union High School’s presentation of Anything Goes, call 342-2697.