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Stand Out Talent presents ‘Anything Goes’

Madcap antics abound in Cole Porter musical
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Stand Out Talent's new production is a far cry from the theater group's last musical - in that, this show won't make the audience cry.

The nonprofit organization in Roseville recently put on "Next to Normal," an emotional drama about a mother's depression. This time, the group presents the groundbreaking musical "Anything Goes," by Cole Porter.

"It's a traditional Broadway musical," said Stand Out Talent founder Jennifer Bortz. "We started the season with a contemporary musical and we thought we should continue to be well-rounded. 'Anything Goes' is a fun musical. It's not going to make you cry at all. It's a family musical comedy with tap dancing."

Bortz is the show's director, set designer, costumer designer - basically, she does it all. Her husband, Jason Bortz, stepped in at the last minute to perform a lead role in the musical when another actor dropped out. The show features two casts, ages 12 to 52, for a total of 29 actors.

"Anything Goes" tells the story of Billy Crocker, a stowaway on an ocean liner traveling from New York to London who's in love with heiress Hope Harcourt. But she's engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy No. 13 Moonface Martin aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. Madcap antics abound.

Porter's musical introduced such hit songs as "You're the Top," "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "Anything Goes."

~ Sena Christian

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Stand Out Talent presents "Anything Goes"

When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays April 20 to May 6

Where: Tower Theater, 417 Vernon St. in Roseville

Cost: $5 for children and students with I.D., $10 seniors, $12 general admission. Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com. Call box office at (916) 837-7469.

Info: www.standouttalent.org