MERIDEN — The Maloney High School Department of Music and Theater will give audiences a taste of classic Broadway this week with the production of the 1934 Cole Porter musical comedy “Anything Goes.”
“It’s a classic show,” said Brian Cyr, director of music at Maloney. “This was something to change it up a bit.”
Last year the students performed “Mary Poppins.”
Every year the department picks a new musical to challenge the actors and entertain the community.
The first performance of “Anything Goes” will be Thursday at 7 p.m. Performances will follow on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Around 80 students are involved, from acting to stage crew and band members. Roles include the lead characters Billy, Reno and Hope, among others.
The show follows Billy Crocker, a Wall Street broker, as he travels with his friend, Reno Sweeney, on a ship, the S. S. American, while trying to win over Hope Harcourt.
“The biggest challenge is it’s very dance heavy,” Cyr said.
The production involves several big dance numbers involving nearly the whole cast.
Cyr said the students researched the musical ahead of time to get a feel for the vintage vibe.
“Numerous iconic performers have done it before,” Cyr said of its Broadway legacy. “You know audiences will know it.”
Tickets can be bought online on the school’s website or at the door. More information can be found at maloneymusic.com.