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SOS goes over the top in Cole Porter's 'Anything Goes'

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  • From left, Anthony Irsuto, Carson Walker, Paige Brantley and RJ Cecott

      From left, Anthony Irsuto, Carson Walker, Paige Brantley and RJ Cecott
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Schaumburg on Stage

Now in its 17th season, Schaumburg On Stage, has been bringing the Northwest suburbs premier musical theater since 1997.

With "Anything Goes," it recreates the luxurious ocean liner cruises of the late 1940s with a full orchestra, glamorous costumes and show-stopping, all-cast tap numbers.

Paige Brantley, 17, of Schaumburg and Emily Miller, 16, of Schaumburg will be featured in the role of Reno Sweeney, an evangelist turned night club singer.

Reno helps an old love and penniless stowaway Billy Crocker, played by RJ Cecott, 20, of Hickory Hills and Brad Wendt, 17, of South Elgin, win back his long lost love Hope Harcourt.

The role of Hope is shared by Audrey Rose, 16, of Schaumburg and Kathleen Tresnowski, 17, of Inverness.

But this is no easy tap dance for Reno because Hope is engaged to a wealthy Englishman, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, played by Stefano Egleston, 16, of Inverness and Connor Murray, 15, of Bartlett. It's a bumpy romance voyage for all, full of twists and turns where literally "Anything Goes."

The production dazzles with talented actors, singers and dancers from all over the Chicago area including Anthony Irsuto, 17, of Roselle and Carson Walker, 14, of Palatine as "public enemy number one," Moonface Nelson.

Moonface's sidekick Bonnie is played by Lea Cartina, 19, of Wooddale and Hannah Lullo, 15, of Roselle.

Rounding out leads is the talented Katie Jackovin, 15, of Bartlett, and Antoinette Ricchio, 16, of Roselle who share the role of the wealthy Mrs. Harcourt, Hope's mother.

The production is lead by producers, Carol Lynch and Kerrie Noah, directors/choreographers, Colleen Lynch and Danielle Zyrkowski, and music director John Hacker.

The cast of over 70 performers ranging from 8 to 21 years of age have been rehearsing since October preparing for this musical revival featuring such Cole Porter hits as "You're The Top," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Blow Gabriel Blow" and "Anything Goes."

It is sure to be a performance that audiences will find "De-lightful."

Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24, Jan. 25, Feb.1, and at 1 p.m. on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court.

Opening night tickets are $15. All other performances tickets are $17. Organized group rate for 10 or more tickets are $14.

To purchase tickets online go to ShowTix4u.com or call 866-967-8167.

Tickets have a small service fee. For more information or to purchase Organized Group tickets, contact Schaumburg on Stage at 847-345-0092 or visit www.schaumburgonstage.org.