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I attended the opening weekend performance of West Albany High's “Anything Goes.” It’s the rollicking story of travelers on an ocean liner — full of mistaken identities, young love, and the enduring music of Cole Porter. This “boat" also showcases local students’ excellent singing and dancing performances, the result of first-rate coaching.

It’s a super-sized community effort with West Albany teachers and alumni in key rolls as musical director, technical coordinator, vocal, acting, and dance coaches. Dozens of parents and friends devoted time to building picturesque sets, making period costumes and finding props.

"Anything Goes” is the place to find solid entertainment from energetic local students who are good at having fun! Many of the tunes, written in 1934, will be familiar, while dialogue and laughs genuinely reflect that era. (The comic “timing” in this show was impressive!)

Treat yourself to a performance. You might also consider taking along your own ”boatload” of friends and relatives!

Mary J. Burck

Albany (March 5)

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