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Event date: 7/28/2017 7:30 PM - 8/6/2017 3:00 PM Export event
Anything Goes

Anything Goes

July 28 - August 6, Naperville Central HS Auditorium

A Cole Porter classic and a favorite of musical theatre enthusiasts everywhere, Anything Goes is a love story, a crime drama, and a wild comedy all in one.

The story is one you’ve undoubtedly heard before: Billy loves Hope, Hope is engaged to Evelyn, Evelyn is enraptured by Reno, and all of them are somehow mixed up with small-time crime duo “Moonface” Martin and Bonnie. Did we mention that this all unfolds in the tiny confines of a ship in the middle of the Atlantic?

This uproarious comedy of errors features big dance numbers, flashy costumes, a colorful set, and toe-tapping musical favorites like “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”

The story was written by P.G. Wodehouse and first starred Ethel Merman in the role of Reno, as well as comedy team William Gaxton and Victor Moore. Since its 1934 debut, the plot has been reworked several times until the writing team was able to finesse it down to the tightly woven set of hijinks that you will see in our production. Interestingly, an original plot device included a bomb threat and a shipwreck aboard the SS American, the fictional vessel where the story unfolds, but the devastating fire that sank the real SS Morro Castle just before the show’s opening prompted a hasty rewrite. However, another source admits that this tragic event may have been a coverup for the real reason: that the script was “a hopeless mess.” Numerous revivals and revamps since the show’s opening have ensured that Anything Goes will continue to delight audiences for years to come.

Cast of Characters

Reno Sweeney, a reformed night club singer (mezzo-soprano)
Hope Harcourt, a debutante (soprano)
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, her fiance (baritone)
Billy Crocker, a Wall Street broker (tenor)
Moonface Martin, Public Enemy #13 (tenor)
Evangeline Harcourt, Hope's mother
Elisha Whitney, Billy's boss (baritone)
Erma Latour, Moonface's girlfriend (mezzo-soprano)
Luke and John, Chinese converts
Ship's Captain (baritone)
Ship’s Purser
Purity, Chastity, Charity, and Virtue, Reno's backup singers
Bishop Henry T. Dobson, the Right Reverend
Passengers, Ship's Crew, FBI agents, etc.

Directed by Maria Welser

Vocal Direction by Emma Gingold

Music Direction by Tim Janiszewski

Scenic Design by Tina Goings

Costumed by Sarah Eaves

 

Auditions will be held June 4 and 5. Check out our Auditions page for the 411!

Tickets on sale now!

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All Performances are at Naperville Central HS Auditorium

Naper Central High School Auditorium, West Side of campus
Click map for directions.

 

When the kids leave for summer, we move in!

All performances of our summer shows are held in the spacious 600+ seat auditorium of Naperville Central High School. There's plenty of room and plenty of free parking! 

Entrance is only through ONE door, on the WEST SIDE of the school campus. Look for our banner above the auditorium entrance. Our box office is just inside and opens one hour before each performance.

Click the map image to get directions via Google Maps. The school address is 440 W Aurora Ave. There's a right-turn-only entrance into the parking lot off east-bound Aurora avenue, a right-turn-only entrance on north-bound West street, and an entrance into the parking lot on Hillside, to the south of the school. 

Upcoming Shows

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 6/16/2017 7:30 PM - 6/25/2017 3:00 PM

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

June 16-25, Naperville Central HS Auditorium

June 16-25 Award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee invites audience members to participate in the hallowed middle school tradition of spelling complicated words while trying to suppress thoughts of cute classmates, family drama, and self-doubt. Rated PG-13.

Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride 7/7/2017 7:30 PM - 7/9/2017 3:00 PM

Father of the Bride

July 7-9, Naperville Central HS Auditorium

July 7-9 This very funny comedy began as a novel by Edward Streeter and became a film starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Steve Martin and Diane Keaton did a reboot of the story, but we're performing the original in all its nostalgic glory to show how simple weddings once were!

Anything Goes

Anything Goes 7/28/2017 7:30 PM - 8/6/2017 3:00 PM

Anything Goes

July 28 - August 6, Naperville Central HS Auditorium

July 28 - August 6 The Cole Porter classic and a favorite of musical theatre enthusiasts everywhere. Anything Goes is a love story, a crime drama, a statement about celebrity and above all one wild comedy ride! Coming to Summer Place Theatre for two weekends to cap our summer season.

Past shows

The Music Man

The Music Man 7/29/2016 7:30 PM - 8/7/2016 3:00 PM

The Music Man

Naperville Central High School Auditorium, July 29-Aug 7, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm

The Music Man is Harold Hill, a con artist who practices his art on the citizens of River City, Iowa, only to fall for skeptical librarian Marian.

50 Years of Musicals from the Summer Place Theatre

50 Years of Musicals from the Summer Place Theatre 7/8/2016 7:30 PM - 7/10/2016 3:00 PM

50 Years of Musicals from the Summer Place Theatre

Naperville Central High School Auditorium, July 8-10, Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3:00pm

A nostalgic revue of the beloved show tunes from our first 50 years. An extra special treat: we're bringing back some of the actors who originally sang the songs to sing them for you again!

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar 6/17/2016 7:30 PM - 6/26/2016 3:00 PM

Jesus Christ Superstar

Naperville Central High School Auditorium, June 17-26, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm

This ground-breaking rock opera attempts to get into the heads of famous Bible characters such as Jesus, Judas, and Mary Magdalene at a pivotal moment in Christian history: the last days of Jesus of Nazareth.

About Us

The Summer Place, Inc. is a 501-C3 not-for-profit organization and receives our funding through sales of affordably priced tickets, program ads, concessions, from a small number of grants and from the kind donations of our patrons. 

Summer Place Theatre, as we're best-known, is all about Community. Our all volunteer board, crew and cast work hard together to produce entertaining plays and musicals for the Naperville area. We invite you to get involved!

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The Summer Place, Inc.
P.O. Box 2394
Naperville, IL 60567

630-355-7969

info@summerplacetheatre.org

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