De Lovely! Anything Goes Rehearsal Diary – Part Four!

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 any of the Anything Goes rehearsal diaries, have no fear ; Part One , Part Two  and Part Three !

I found a whole page in my note-book dedicated to karl J Babarczi, our Musical director. (Also known as cute stuff, but I won’t say who gave him that nickname 🙂 )

So I thought I’d share them with you.

“Let’s take a look at the boy parts.” Said Karl, rehearsal room all cracks up.

“OK ladies, let’s put you on top.” Annette chuckled next to me as I bit my lip trying not giggle. I failed and a few other immature minds joined in.

“Who is rolling their arse?” Is what we heard Karl say, though he was actually referring to sound of the letter R. 

We were all trying not to laugh, until…

“Who of the boys are rolling their arse (R’s)?” Cue all bottled up laughter being released and the room descends to chaos.

On a serious note though, we have worked bloody hard on our harmonies and they are sounding fantastic, so thank you Karl! Hopefully all R’s will be correct 😉

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!


Becky Stafford.

Favourite song: All Through The Night.

Favourite scene: Scene five, where Moon and Billy are convincing Mrs Harcourt that Evelyn is mental. “She doesn’t know the signs. What signs? Have you ever heard him say…”

Favourite dance: Gypsy In Me.

Funny moment: When the boys were trying to do the rumba at the theatre.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: I have gained confidence, to believe in myself and more skills, particularly in dance.

Why should people come and see out show? : There is something for everyone. It’s a singing, romantic comedy, how could you not want to watch it!


Ryan Maddocks Wycherley.

Favourite song: Buddie Beware.

Favourite Line: Patrick saying: “Like hell you will!” (skips across stage.)

Favourite dance: De Lovely.

Funny moment: Matt demonstrating how to stare at boobs. 🙂

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: Great friends and a chance to play alongside a fantastic cast!

Why should people come and see our show?: Come for a night of laughter, fun and a chance to see such a talented group of people putting on a top quality show!



Elly Clark.

Favourite Song: I Get a Kick Out Of You.

Favourite Line: “Crocker! You never told me you were Chinese!” That whole scene is gold!

Funny moment: The first time I was surprised by Adam’s “romp in the rice!”

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?: My confidence in performing has come a long way. I’ve gained an appreciation of how far hard work can get you. Oh, and some (basic) tap steps!

Why should people come and see our show?: Because its fabulous! It’s been so much fun rehearsing and I can’t wait for our audience to share in this adventure!



Chris Tyford.


Favourite dance: Buddie Beware.

Favourite Line: Lord Evelyn calling Billy, “snake ears.” Don’t know why, but it makes me giggle.

Funny moment: When Lisa told the boys to make noises when the Angels took their clothes off and someone started barking.

What does being in Mad Cow mean to you?: Hard work, but in the nicest environment and enjoying it while working to the highest standard.

Why should people come and see our show?: Because it will be two hours where I won’t touch my hair or chew gum! But seriously, we have all worked so hard and it’s going to be such a fun and enjoyable show for everyone to be a part of !  



Lisa Lowarch – Choreographer and much more!


Favourite song: Buddie Beware.

Favourite Line: “You need a sailor suit? No problem.”

Favourite dance: Anything Goes.

Funny moment: Roberts debate about when he was in/out of his trunk in the first early stages of rehearsal.

What have you gained from being in Anything Goes?:  Grey hair and bad knees! I’m joking!

Why should people come and see our show?:  To escape into a world of glamour and, glitz, romance and fun!

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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!

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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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