A reboot of “Anything Goes” will be hitting Concord High School soon, along with the school’s second annual dinner theatre.

A reboot of “Anything Goes” will be hitting Concord High School soon, along with the school’s second annual dinner theatre.

“Anything Goes” will premiere on April 14 at 7 p.m. The Stage Café (pre-dinner theatre) will be held in the school’s cafeteria on April 15-16 at 5 p.m. Both events are reserved seating.

Similar to last year, the Concord Players need funding for upcoming projects and events. After raising $1,000 at last year’s café, which featured a spaghetti dinner and salad from Toscana To Go, Director Tom Marshall is optimistic this year’s dinner theatre will raise twice as much, because guests “loved the opportunity to sit down, talk and enjoy themselves,” he said.

“Anything Goes” is the 17th production he’s led at Concord since he began directing at the school in 2001. In addition, the cast is under the musical direction of Charlie Hannagan and the choreography of Jody Anderson. Technical direction is by Brett Elliott. The production also involves 65-plus students, of which 44 students make up the cast and 21 help with set design.

The story, written by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, is set in the 1930s and follows an unusual group of passengers aboard an ocean liner headed to London from New York. The strange group of characters includes a gangster, wealthy debutante and her mother, nightclub singer and a New York businessman and his stowaway assistant.


WHAT “Anything Goes”

WHEN 7 p.m. April 14-16; Dinner served at 5 p.m. April 15-16

WHERE Concord High School,2501 Ebright Road, Wilmington

COST $11/Adults; $8/Students and Seniors; Dinner tickets are $8/Adults; $6/Children

INFO www.brandywineschools.org/concord; (302) 475-3951

With the show less than one month away, Marshall is enthused by the dedication his students have shown in preparing for their roles and helping to build sets.

“The kids have just done a terrific job of working hard,” Marshall said. “It’s refreshing to work with a group of students who are constantly exploring their craft.”

Even after his thespian daughters Diana and Amanda graduated from Concord, (Diana in 2001 and Amanda in 2004), he has remained at the school because Concord drama students bring a lot to the table.

“The thing that attracted me and kept me involved for so many years is the exciting talent we have at Concord,” Marshall said.

Prior to the school’s premiere of “Anything Goes,” the Players will take a trip to New York and watch it on Broadway in early April.

“Anything Goes” premiered on Broadway in 1934 and starred Ethel Merman. The show’s first Broadway revival premiered in 1987 and received the Tony Award for best revival.