Meridian Star


May 4, 2014

‘Anything Goes’ concludes Meridian Little Theatre’s 81st season

MERIDIAN — Meridian Little Theatre closes its 2013-14 with the Broadway classic musical "Anything Goes," which opens Thursday and continues to May 14.  

    “The play is a zany tale of romance and comedy that is full of Cole Porter’s witty and melodious songs," MLT Director Ronnie Miller said.

    "From creative lyrics in 'It’s Delovely,' and the well-known words and catchy melody of 'Friendship,' to the gospel and jazz sounds of 'Blow Gabriel, Blow' and 'Take Me Back to Manhattan,' Porter is at his best. This is an all-time Broadway favorite that features plenty of entertaining music and a lot of “hoofing” for tap dance aficionados," Miller said.

    "Our cast has had a good time preparing it and we hope you will enjoy it.”

    Set in the 1930s, the plot of the upbeat musical/comedy concerns Billy Crocker – who stows away on an ocean liner bound from New York to London so he can dissuade Hope Harcourt not to marry an aristocratic Englishman, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. Crocker has boarded without a ticket and is forced to adopt several disguises so he can accomplish his mission of stopping the marriage.

      He is aided by the Rev. Dr. Moon, whom the FBI has branded as “Public Enemy #13, and his “doll” Bonnie Latour. Hope eventually discovers she has become an heiress, drops Sir Evelyn and consents to marry Billy. Sir Evelyn turns his attention to Reno Sweeney, an evangelist turned nightclub singer and all ends well.

    Lead roles of the play are: Kevin Williams as Billy Crocker; Olivia Vaughn as Hope Harcourt; Sara Odom as Reno Sweeney; Monty Royal as Moonface Martin; Terri Ann Pankhurst as Bonnie Latour; Brian H.Smith as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh; Margaret Remy as Mrs.Harcourt; and Terry Pankhurst as Elisha J. Whitley

    Supporting roles include: Ashley Betts as Chasity; Timeiya Harris as Virtue; Katie Bruister as Charity; Scott Stevens as the bishop; Larry Birzer as the captain; Nkyolas Alford as the purser; Daniel Johnson as the steward; Scott Causey as the reporter and as Ling; Josh Myers as cameraman and as Ching.

    Passengers and crew include Haley Merrill, Jo Ellen Reeves, Brittany Butler, Malley Scarbrough, Becca Denny, Margaret Griffin, Kynsleigh Roberts, Claire McCraw, Sue Woods, Eli Brand and Caleb Landrum.

    Production staff: David Benson, musical director; Carol Merrill, choreographer; Carey Smith, orchestra conductor; Scott Merrill, technical director; Carol Sue Wiggins, stage manager; Shannon Culpepper, lighting director; and Richard Anderson and David Bayliss, sound directors

    For ticket information call MLT at (601) 482-6371 or go online at

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