Less than two weeks until the curtain goes up on Galashiels Amateur Operatic Society’s production of Anything Goes. Tickets for this wonderfully toe tapping musical go on sale to the public this weekend at our annual coffee morning (Saturday 15th February).
But before we set sail, we’d like to help you navigate your way through the many faces of this year’s production. So, let’s cast off!
For those of you who don’t know, Anything Goes is set aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London, (hence the boating terms)
At the helm of the SS American, we have none other that the Captain, played by Andrew Cannon. No stranger to the boards in Galashiels, Andrew is an integral part of GAOS on and off the stage. This will be his 23rd production and his experience is evident in his performances. Andrew’s favourite production during his time with Galashiels was Jesus Christ Superstar. When asked why the show stood out for him, he said, it was amazing to be involved in such a spine chilling production.
In close company to the Captain is the Purser, being played by Ben Williams. This will be Ben’s fifth production with GAOS with Sunshine on Leith noted as his favourite so far. Ben grew up watching his Mum perform in many GAOS productions and this is where he got his inspiration from. If Ben had to choose the next show, he would most certainly want to do 42nd Street- this might have something to do with his tap dancing abilities.
Next up in our meet the cast posts, are ‘Moonface’ Martin and Erma.
Under the guise of ‘Moonface’ Martin, Public Enemy number 13, Dan Wilson returns for his second consecutive production with GAOS. Dan loves the fun and silliness he can bring to the character of Moonface and hates the fact that Moonface is not higher up on the Public Enemy list. Dan tells us that the most challenging part of playing Moonface Martin is the tap dancing- a dancing public enemy? Well of course, ‘anything goes’.
Joining Moonface on his tap dancing antics is his girlfriend Erma. Played by Jess Thomson, she brings bubbliness to this lovable, if not, slightly dim character. Jess has been in four GAOS shows and this is her first principle role with the society. As a huge fan of Wicked, Jess would love to see Gala do this next year; maybe one day Jess! Fingers crossed!
Join Dan and Jess on the SS American from 2nd March, tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday at our annual coffee morning. For more information on the coffee morning, visit our Facebook Events section.
Next up in our Meet the Cast posts are Billy Crocker and Hope Harcourt.
Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. If that was all there was to the story, it would be a pretty short musical...
Playing Billy Crocker, we have Jack McAuley. Most will recognise Jack from previous GAOS performances including, Steve in Summer Holiday and Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity. Jack has always been interested in performing, and is inspired by his own family and friends. Jack says that he is never happier than when he’s on stage.
Throughout Anything Goes, Billy finds himself in a variety of comical situations and is willing to risk it all for the girl he loves. Jack is enjoying the mischievous and humorous attributes his character brings.
Catriona Lamb is taking on the leading role of Hope Harcourt. Although Catriona is only 17, she brings sophistication and maturity to the character of Hope. Catriona was last on stage with GAOS in 2017 in Evita, as part of the chorus. Catriona admits that, even though helping with some of the technical aspects last year for Sweet Charity was cool, but she really missed being on stage. From Singing in the Rain to Shrek, there doesn’t seem to be a musical she doesn’t love.
We ‘Hope’ you love Anything Goes too! Tickets on sale now!