Craig: ‘Anything Goes’ plus several auditions
By Bob Craig For Sun-Times Media February 26, 2014 4:42PM
Memorial Opera House stages "Anything Goes," with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, through March 9 in Valparaiso. | Photo courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society
Updated: April 1, 2014 9:46AM
Valparaiso’s Memorial Opera House is presenting the Broadway classic “Anything Goes” through March 9.
With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the action of this song and dance extravaganza takes place on an ocean liner bound for New York from London.
“Anything Goes” features many songs that have become American theater standards such as the title song, “Blow Gabriel Blow,” “You’re the Top,” “Friendship” and “It’s De-Lovely.”
The show is directed by Mike Mulhearn, with musical direction by Chris Stalbaum and choreography by Molly Vass.
The cast includes Trinidad Snider, Michael Ohm, Mary Herrod, Scot MacDonald, Valerie Balogh, Kevin Sherman, Christine Parry, Adam Woolever, Mathew Scherschel, Mark McColley, Andy Polomchak, Michael Radford, Matt Shutske, Brandon Berk, Alisa Herrold, Kailee Pynakker, Cassie Williams, Trisha Sabocik, Jacob Barber, Melanie May and Andjela Tarailo.
Tickets are available through Memorial Opera House’s box office, 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso. Information: (219) 548-9137 or memorialoperahouse.com.
♦ Crown Point Community Theatre will conduct auditions for William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at 7 p.m. March 12 and 19-20 and for the Del Shores’ comedy “Sordid Lives” at 7 p.m. March 30-31.
“Hamlet” will be directed by Grant Fitch and run from July 11-26 while “Sordid Lives” will be directed by Jon Fetsch and run from May 16-June 1.
Auditions will take place at 1125 Merrillville Road, Crown Point. Information: (219) 805-4255 or cpct.biz.
♦ Chesterton’s 4th Street Theater will conduct auditions at 7 p.m. March 24-25 for its production of Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus’ “Crime & Punishment,” which is adapted from the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel of the same name.
The production will be directed by Sandra Assarian and Linda Pauli and run from June 6-22.
Auditions will be at 4th Street Theater, 125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton. Information: (219) 926-7875 or 4thstreetncca.org.
♦ The Genesius Guild in Hammond will audition for its production of local playwright Jim Henry’s latest work “Jellofish” at 7 p.m. March 24-25.
Written by Henry and directed by Larry Hinken, the play runs from May 9-18.
“Jellofish” is billed as a delightful adult look at issues arising later in life for three male friends playing poker, with comments by a younger female caregiver.
Auditions will be at First United Methodist Church of Hammond, 6635 Hohman Ave. Information: Larry Hinken at (219) 670-3365 or Hinkenact@aol.com.
♦ The Gary Shakespeare Company will conduct auditions for a free intensive Shakespeare workshop in preparation for its production of “Romeo & Juliet.”
Auditions will take place from 6-10 p.m. March 4 and 1-5:30 p.m. March 8 at the Gary Shakespeare Company Theatre, 500 S. Lake St., in the Miller section of Gary.
The workshop will be directed by Morgan McCabe and culminate in a public reading.
♦ The Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave., Hammond, conducts auditions for the U.S. premiere of the musical “From Up Here” at 7 p.m. March 23-24.
Directed by Sherry Sweeney with musical and vocal direction by Elizabeth Tuazon, “From Up Here” is a new musical by Aaron Lee Lambert.
The show explores time, change and the choices that shape the lives of five different people whose paths cross in the most unlikely of ways.
“From Up Here,” which will run from July 11-27, asks the question: What makes life worth living?
Information: (219) 937-8780 or towletheater.org.
Bob Craig is a local freelance writer.