Anything Goes – A Shipshape Musical presented by Coronado School of the Arts

Coronado High School Performing Arts Center

October 23 - 25



Lead actors (l to r) from CoSA's production of "Anything Goes" get into character: Travis Wright (Coronado), Ben Silbert (Rancho Penasquitos), Madeline White (Coronado), David Gibbs (Coronado), Darienne Orlansky (Rancho Penasquitos), and Taylor West (Coronado). Photo by Tim Whitehouse.Coronado, CA, October 2008 -- Anything and everything goes in Coronado School of the Arts’ (CoSA) production of Anything Goes. Performances take place October 23 and 24 at 7:00 pm and October 25 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at Coronado High School Performing Arts Center, 650 D Avenue. Anything Goes delivers a superb musical voyage that you will not want to miss.


This madcap farce takes place aboard a ship bound for England in the 1930s. The story includes gangsters, molls, a foppish Englishman, and mistaken identity. Billy, the stowaway, loves Hope, but Hope is engaged to Lord Oakleigh. Lord Oakleigh fancies Reno the nightclub singer. Reno has her sights set on Billy. That is just the tip of the story line iceberg. Anything Goes perfects the art of raucous mix-ups and outlandish disguises. It is funny! The show also features some of Cole Porter’s most memorable music including You’re the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You, and the title song Anything Goes to name just a few. Oh yes, and there is tap dancing galore. Anything truly does go in this show.


The thirty CoSA students performing in Anything Goes come from all over San Diego County to attend Coronado High School and Coronado School of the Arts. In addition to CoSA conservatory-style classes in acting, vocals, and dance that occur after the academic school day is done, actors rehearse almost every evening for weeks before the show opens for the public. It is a grueling schedule, but these students – many who travel over an hour to get to school each day – attend the program exactly for such demanding training. These are the actors, singers, dancers, directors, and technical theatre experts of the future.


CoSA musical theatre director, Dr. Barbara Wolf, applauds the cast for their dedication and versatility. “Period pieces like Anything Goes, which is set in the 1930s, require actors to truly take themselves out of the present and adapt to different clothes, different manners of speech, and different codes of behavior. They must truly immerse themselves in the era of the part. And, in this show, they must also dance, sing, and be funny. I think you will find these talented students are more than up to the task. Also be prepared to be wowed by the wonderful costumes designed by Rosie Masula, our costume designer.”


Anything Goes is a perfect beginning to CoSA’s 2008-2009 theatrical season. Enjoy this entertaining theatrical cruise in the comfort of the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center on the campus of Coronado High School. Tickets cost $15 for reserved seating and $12 for general admission, with discounts for students, seniors, and military. To purchase tickets or learn more about the CoSA program, please call 619.522.4050, or visit


Photo by Tim Whitehouse.    


About Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA)

CoSA is a public arts conservatory for high school students that embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence. This pre-professional arts program reaches out to talented students from all San Diego County, offering a nurturing environment focused on individual growth, opportunity, and diversity.


CoSA is made possible by the CoSA Foundation, whose mission is to perpetuate a regional public school of the arts at Coronado High School that offers the opportunity for the best possible arts education to all qualified students in San Diego County. The foundation is committed to inspiring broad community support and engaging other foundations, educational and arts institutions, and community organizations in partnerships to fulfill this mission.


For more information on CoSA, call 619.522.4050 or visit



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