Anything Goes! – Rehearsal Diary Part One!

Hello, you gorgeous lot you!

Six days to go!!

I aim to bring you a sneaky peek of what’s been happening in rehearsals and introduce the cast and crew of Anything Goes. Our fearless Herd Leaders, Alex Hinton and Lisa Lowarch, have high expectations and we intend to meet them, in what will be an amazing production of Anything Goes!

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What its all about…

Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” is one of the greatest musicals in theatre history. It’s joyful, exuberant and is a first-class musical comedy.

When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes, destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards including, I Get A Kick Out Of You, You’re the Top, and of course, Anything Goes.

This amateur performance is by arrangement with MusicScope & Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

Rehearsal Diary.

It has literally been full steam ahead with this show. It’s why I’m so behind with my diary. We did the scary bit and auditioned…then we were on a man hunt. Who would have thought it would be so difficult to get men into a sailors suit? Even with the promise of stunning women? Well, we got there eventually. Hand on heart I can say this, we have a strong talented cast and they have poured their hearts and souls into their characters. You are in for one hell of a show! As always is the case, there is so much that goes into making a show and it really is a team effort. The props and costume departments are in full swing and I can’t wait for you to see it all!

Where do I begin…well, I think I’ll start with some terms I have come to love regarding dancing. In Spamalot, I learned “Dinky, dink,dinky, dinky, dinky, do…” In this show we have, “um-pah, um-pah, um-pah.” And my favourite two terms which are, “seething mass” and “purging”.

At one point, as we rehearsed ‘Blow, Gabriel, Blow’, Lisa, our very patient Herd Leader and Choreographer shouted, “Go again from the seething mass!” At which point we stopped, glanced nervously between ourselves and said, “which seething mass?” You see there are two. I never thought I’d ever be in one seething mass, never mind questioning which one! 

“The first one, get in your positions.” Lisa said. 

“So the James bond bit?”  As you can see we are very technical, but you’ll understand when you hear it in the show.

“Yes…the James Bond bit…”Lisa said, “I do love a good seething mass.”

And now it seems we all love a seething mass too! It helps that it looks amazing and I can’t wait for you to see it in action (heads up…there’s a lot of purging too!).

So, I decided to do something a little bit different this time. I wanted to find out about everyone’s best moments so far, so, I have asked the company to answer seven questions. Read on for their answers…if you dare! 

Warning! There may be mildly inappropriate gales ahead with a strong chance of childish humour coming in from the west.

Q&A With The Anything Goes Cast and Crew!

Chris Porrett is the Purser

Favourite song?:  Anything Goes.

Favourite Line/scene:“You always did know how to fill a girdle.” Said by Patrick, who is playing Elisha Whitney, to Evangeline Harcourt, played by Fiona. Has me laughing every time he say’s it. 

Favourite funny moment: My Captains use of – erection! Or maybe I misheard!

What have I gained from being in Anything Goes? : A full appreciation of how hard dancing is. ( I can say he is pretty damn good, I might be biased though…as I’m his dance partner 😉 




Emma Rigby is Virtue

Favourite Dance:  Blow, Gabriel, Blow. ( Is this because of the many seething masses Emma? I do love a good seething mass, think I’m channelling Lisa right now… 🙂

What does being in Mad Cow Productions mean to you?: It means that even when you feel out of your depth, that’s when you find out what you are really capable of. Which is more than you ever realised. It means having the confidence to be brave and push yourself to be more than you thought you could ever be.

Why should people come and see our show?: It’s full of love, laughs, glitz and glamour! Something for everyone.




Theo Millward is Billy Crocker.

Favourite dance number: The Gypsy In Me. 

Favourite line/scene: “Good Lord!” – Evelyn identifying Plum Blossom and Tom’s shriek when the China men finds out its strip poker.

Favourite funny moment: When Matt ( one of our dance choreographers)  was setting Buddie Beware and he shouted…”Row, Row, Row, Arse, Arse, Arse…” (I have to say this is one of my favourites too Theo 🙂

What does being in Mad Cows mean to you?: Family.

Why should  people come and see the show?: To enjoy many, many, offensive accents! 🙂



Natalie Watts is Reno Sweeney

Favourite song: Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye – Becky Stafford, who is playing Hope Harcourt. Her vocals are amazing!

Favourite Line : “He marries ’em, he murders ’em!!” Robert Hinton at his finest playing, Moonface Martin. (One of my favourites too!)

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Gained a lot of warm fuzzies and support from a fabulous cast and lost 17 pounds in weight!! (Our Reno is stunning and you should see her costumes…Wow, not forgetting the vast amount of shoes. Can you adopt shoes? They’re gorgeous!)

What does being in Mad Cows mean to you?:  Being around people I love and admire and working together to bring a top class show to Shrewsbury.

Why should people come and see our show?: Because you will have a fabulous evening of fun, frolics and farce and it’s going to be one hell of a show!


Alex Hinton – Director

Favourite song: Blow, Gabriel, Blow.

Favourite Line/scene: Evelyn: “What ho!” – Moon/Billy : “That’s it!”

Favourite funny moment:  Thinking a principle had changed their lines to “f#@k!” Diction…it was OK.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Help and support through a tricky time…plus exhaustion, headaches, tears and laughter.

Why should people come and see our show?: 

Because we ARE the best group in Shropshire. If you would take in a West End show in London, take one in here!

A huge thank you to our wonderful Sponsors!


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They have generously supported Mad Cow Productions for almost a decade!

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I am a huge fan of deadgoodundies! As well as being our sponsors, they also supply our shows with underwear when needed and my hubby was lucky enough to receive a pair of fire engine red briefs and Wow! They are truly amazing. I tried to get him to model a pair for me but …sigh…he refused. You won’t find a better place to buy a wide range of men’s underwear, swimwear, thermal wear, T-shirts and lounge wear. They sell worldwide so click  here and have a gander!

I would also like to thank deadgoodundies for the use of their studio for our photos for Anything Goes, we had a fantastic time!

Thank you so much for taking the time to have a read and supporting us. I really hope you’ve enjoyed it! Feel free to share or even send me a message:)  The next instalment of Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary will be with you shortly, don’t miss it!

The only remaining questions left are…Will you join us on board the S.S. American and sail away for a fantastic night of fun, farce and laughter? I look forward to seeing you !

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Don’t miss out! Book your tickets now at Theatre Severn! 

A huge thank you to Natalie Watts, our company photographer, for the use of her stunning photos and to Laura Davies and Becky Stafford for the use of your photo’s. It’s very much appreciated. 🙂

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