Buddie Beware! Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary- Part Two!

Hello, you gorgeous lot you!


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! If you missed part one of the Anything Goes rehearsal diary, have no fear and click here!

I had a read of my notebook and found, what I shall call a classic, ‘Annette’ moment. This was from right at the beginning of our rehearsals as we were learning the songs. 

We have a song called Bon Voyage and some of the lyrics are in french. Lucie and I were stood next to Annette when we were singing. As it came to, “I’m yours for life…You mean Pour la Vie…” We heard Annette sing something… very different.

We asked her what she sang.

This was her answer: Potpourri a…. As in potpourri. We had a good chuckle and Lucie wrote it in my book. We may or may not have sung potpourri a… a couple of times with her as we went over the song!

Have no fear though, all lyrics are appropriate now and not all linked to scented, dried out flowers. 🙂

I love you Annette! You have made rehearsals a blast and I’m so glad I have had you by my side!


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!


Rachel Wakefield.

Favourite song: Blow,Gabriel, Blow.

Favourite line/scene: When the China men, played by Tom Beddows and Ben Anderson say, “Oh my God!”

Favourite Dance: Blow, Gabriel, Blow – Although I do love Natalie and Adam in their Gypsy in Me dance!

Funny moment: “How many fingers do you use?” Said by Chris Tyford. ( All will be explained soon.)

What does being in Mad cow mean to you? : Learning new things, skills and friendships.

Why should people come and see our show?: There is a lot of boob wiggling 😉



Joshua Croft

Favourite line/scene: Robert and Theo’s English gent scene, culminating in Adams “What ho!” entrance.

Favourite dance:  To watch – Blow, Gabriel, Blow. To dance – De-Lovely.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: A few friends and some enjoyable hours of rehearsal through the long winter nights – mainly watching the boob wiggling, as mentioned above 😉

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?:  Makes me very proud to be a part of an extremely talented company, who put on such a high standard of shows.

Me In Pink

Matt Robinson – Choreographer

Favourite Song: Blow, Gabriel, Blow.

Favourite Line/Scene: Anything with Patrick Playfair in it.

Favourite moment: Kissing Theo Millward…again.

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: Sharing experience, gaining experience, making and cementing friendships.

Why should people come and see our show?: Just see a show…you won’t be disappointed!

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Terry Edge.

Favourite Song: Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye.

Favourite Line/Scene: “Like hell you will!” Said by Patrick Playfair playing Elisha Whitney.

Favourite Dance: Buddie Beware.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Got in better shape! Made new friends.

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: Having fun with friends and producing high standards.





Annette Edge

Favourite Song: Public Enemy Number One – I love the tune:)

Favourite Scene: Buddie Beware.

Favourite Dance: Anything Goes.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Fitness levels have increased and I have lost weight!

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: Friendships and fun.

Why should people come and see our show?: Because everyone gives up a lot of time and energy to perform to their best and provide Shrewsbury with a top class show!



Keith Clements- Stage Manager

Favourite Song:  The Gypsy In Me, for pure comedy value!

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Even more to do!

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: Fun, challenge, excitement, pride and  happiness.

Why should people come and see our show?:  See a professional quality live production on your doorstep, for a fraction of the cost and have a smile put on your face (included).

But be warned! Once you’ve seen one, you’ll want to keep coming back!


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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. 🙂


3 thoughts on “Buddie Beware! Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary- Part Two!

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