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"Anything Goes" later this month at Thomson High School

Anything Goes at Thomson High School -- at least that's what this year's musical says.


Teacher Valerie Flamini-Caldwell applies makeup to Cameron Hampton's face.
The Bulldog Players will star in the upcoming "Anything Goes." The whimsical comedy set in the 1920s involves flappers, gangsters, night club singers and tap dancers.

This year's production will open on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. Two other showings will also take place, one on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and another on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m.

"It's a fast-paced, funny, have a good time sort of musical," said Valerie Flamini-Caldwell, THS chorus teacher and director of "Anything Goes."

This year things may be a little different for those planning on attending the production. Because of the cost of royalties there will be an attendance limit. Only half of the audience capacity, 350 people, will be allowed into the THS auditorium.

"Since we agreed to half the audience, it's going to lessen our royalties ... to make it more affordable for us," Mrs. Flamini-Caldwell said.

Mrs. Flamini-Caldwell's musical theatre class, which makes up the Bulldog Players, auditioned for "Anything Goes" starting in September. Practice started soon after that in October and has continued until now.

Kelly Flanders' competition drama class is also participating in the production. They built the sets for the musical. Members of both classes made props and costumes for the production.

"When you see the set, it's pretty amazing what they've accomplished," Mrs. Flanders said.

The most striking thing about the production, according to Mrs. Flamini-Caldwell is that it is produced solely by the students. The cast and crew are all students, and the set was completely constructed by students as well.

"Obviously they learn group work from that," she said. "They pick up a lot of skills -- computer skills, building skills, sewing skills. They're really getting a lot from one production."


Erika Hink tapes part of the stage after school Monday.
Mrs. Flanders, who is in charge of the drama portion of the musical, is also happy about giving her students an opportunity to learn by using hands-on techniques. And to her, it's not just about acting.

"To me it's not really about learning to be a better actor," she said. "It's learning how to give everything you've got over a long period of time because that's what it takes to do a good job in anything."

Cast member Zach Ansley said this production is different and will most likely be better than others he has participated in.

"I've been in three and what distinguishes this from the others is my character doesn't have to be so rigid," he said. "And it's a great cast."

Tickets for "Anything Goes" will be on sale in the main office at THS during the week. General admission tickets are $5 and reserved seats are $8. There are 200 reserved seats for each showing. Any tickets not sold in advance will be available at the door.

Web posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2004

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