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Anything Goes
by Guy Boltono, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay, and Russell Crouse

COMPANY : Centennial High School
VENUE : Centennial High School
ID# 1620

SHOWING : April 20, 2006 - April 23, 2006



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its de-loveliness was at a minimum
by Okely Dokely
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Let me quote something I said in an earlier review on here, which I feel like saying again:

"...either I'm getting old, or high school shows are getting worse. If I'm just getting old, and they've always been this same 'quality', then I apologize profusely to my parents, close friends, and everyone who kept coming back to see me in all those HS shows that I was really proud of."

With the exception of the brilliantly directed Little Shop of Horrors at South Forsyth High School in 2004, pretty much all high school shows I've seen after graduation (some even while still in high school) have been clunkers and have kept me away. Centennial High School's recent Anything Goes continued this tradition. I'm going to keep this review fairly short because I don't want to discourage young people from continuing to do theatre, but something's gotta give with these big scale musicals high schools seem to think they can pull off.

Let me mention a couple of performances I liked. Arielle McIntyre as Reno Sweeney had a great voice, even if she channelled Patty LuPone's voice completely. She didn't make the role her own that much, but she's only a freshman and she's got plenty of time. Zachary Bromberg as Moonface Martin was very funny. I wish Russell Bietsch, who played Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, had been playing Billy Crocker instead. With a role like Billy Crocker, you need someone who can act and sing well.

Finally, Haley Delaney as Bonnie. Wow! She has a long career ahead of her. She totally owned the show, and she seriously needs to audition at "real" theatres in town. Being just a sophomore, I may have to go back to Centennial and see something else. I thank her for making the show more tolerable.

I really just came on here to mention Miss Delaney's fantastic performance and the couple of other things I liked. Again, I don't mean to bash the students. I don't even know what to bash. This might be a good conversation starter. Help me out - where should the blame go? [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
You are getting old by one mans' opinion
I don't think that High School performances should be the subject of this type of criticism. Although students should strive to do their best and put on the best show that they can. They still are students and learning is a part of ANY student performance.

When you were in school you may have been a talented young person. But at 16 or 17 a person lacks the proper perspective to be objective about their work. That is difficult for even seasoned professionals.

Of course High School students think their shows are great, they should. What is humorous and/or poignant to the teenage demographic can be different from the general public. (i.e.: High School the Musical, Pauly Shore..etc.)

And any student production, high school or college, is going to be limited in the talent pool from which they draw - especially challenged by a lack of age diversity.

I think it is great that many high schools put a lot of money and effort into the performing arts and I wish more did. There are future professionals in these productions beginning to earn their chops. But even more importantly there is a wealth of students becoming more well-rounded and honestly future ticket buyers. It also gives students a lifetime of friendships and memories. If you have ever spent any time talking to theatre patrons you will find they were often influenced by an experience that they carry with them from their days an involved student.
Re: You are getting old by Girl
I'm not going to get involved, but I just wanted to throw it out there that I think that's a funny title considering it's Okely's birthday. :)

(And oh my, is he OLD. :D)


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