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Published February 17 2010

‘Anything Goes’ for 2010 Trollwood musical

Trollwood went to Egypt to check in with Joseph in 2008 and headed off to see the Wiz last year.

This year, the performing arts school’s main-stage musical is heading out to sea in “Anything Goes,” a comedy featuring the music of Cole Porter.

Trollwood Marketing Coordinator Lisa Farnham says they’ve been referring to the show as a “champagne comedy,” and describes it as “light, bubbly and fun.”

The comedy folds in star-crossed lovers, disguises and mistaken identities aboard a luxury steam liner, but Farnham says “it all gets sorted out by the time the ship docks.”

Stage Director Michael Walling says, “The way the show’s constructed, it’s excellent for students because it gives you four featured female and four featured male roles.”

Plus it has a large ensemble “so there’s lots for students to do,” says Walling.

Walling notes the musical’s “physical comedy,” but says, “I wouldn’t use the word ‘slapstick’ because that sort of feels like the Three Stooges. It’s a little more sophisticated than that.”

“Anything Goes” hits the stage at 8:30 p.m. July 14 through 17, 21 through 25 and 28 through Aug. 1.

This year’s Second Stage play is “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – the Real Life Adventures of Louis De Rougemont as told by Himself” by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies.

Parents and students interested in Trollwood’s main-stage musical or other programs can attend one of the informational sessions set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 4 and 9 at Trollwood’s Moorhead campus, 801 50th Ave. S.W.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Shane Mercer at (701) 451-5734