“Anything Goes”, June 16 – July 8 (June 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, July 1, 2, 6, 7, 8)
Box office: 440-428-7092, Wed. – Sun., 3 – 7 p.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” opens at Rabbit Run Theater
MADISON, OH – Historic Rabbit Run Theater continues its 2023 summer season with Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes”, opening June 16 through July 8.
Cole Porter’s 1934 classic “boy meets girl” musical is rom-com at its best in this 2022 revision. Lead Billy Crocker, portrayed by Eric Mortensen, is a young Wall Street broker who falls hopelessly in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, played by Michelle Sohm. In an effort to be close to Hope,
Billy stows away on the SS American bound for London, and the hijinks begin.
With original book by P. G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, “Anything Goes” is a plot full of mistaken identities, hidden romance and ensuing antics.
The show is directed by Brint Learned, executive director at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association (RRCAA). Learned has acted and directed for over 20 years at area theaters, including The Fine Arts Association, Rabbit Run Theater, Lake Erie College, The Beck Center, Lakeland Civic Theatre and Ashtabula Arts Center.
Musical direction is provided by Alex Ulle, who is the Director of Music at St. Robert and William Catholic Church and St. John of the Cross in Euclid. Ulle has also worked as an accompanist for Broadway Artists Alliance in New York and is currently finishing work on a Master’s degree in arts administration.
Choreography for the show is created by Hannah Green, who has a long association with Rabbit Run Theater having choreographed and performed in many productions. She also serves as a dance instructor at Rabbit Run.
Those appearing in the musical include Emily Stack as evangelist turned night club singer Reno Sweeney. Stack has performed in Rabbit Run’s “Always . . . Patsy Cline” as Patsy Cline and in last summer’s production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” as Miss Shingle.
Also appearing are J J Luster as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, Brian Altman as Moonface Martin, Haley Luster as Erma and Christopher Ross as Elisha Whitney.
Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at www.rabbitrun.org. Tickets are $27, adult; $25, senior and student; and $13 for youth 12 and under. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.
The show is rated for general audiences.
Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the picnic pavilion or courtyards.
While at the theater patrons have the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for Bunny Bucks Cash Raffle, RRCAA’s annual fundraiser.
The Grand Prize is $10,000; second place prize is $4,000, and the third place prize is $1,000. Twenty-two additional Bonus Prizes, each with a value of at least $100, are being awarded weekly through Aug. 21.
Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $50 each. The cash prizes will be announced Aug. 26. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, the RRCAA office at 440-428-5913 or online at rabbitrun.org.
All shows for “Anything Goes” begin at 7:30 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Dworken & Bernstein, Hearn Plumbing and Heating and Huffman-Mayer –Paolo Wealth Management Group.
Rabbit Run Theater also appreciates the support from the Lake County Visitors Bureau and their Arts & Culture Grant program.
Rabbit Run Theater is one of the few barn theaters still in operation and operates under the auspices of RRCAA, a non-profit organization offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts.
Main post photo credit: Kathy Sandham.
Pictured (L to R): Ian Jones, Dominic Delligatti, Emily Stack, Cole Kornell and Sean Jones.
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2023 Rabbit Run Theater Productions
MY OHIO FUN ROAD TRIP NOTES:
Before you go:
Purchase tickets ahead of time by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or online at www.rabbitrun.org.
Dress for the weather. On beautiful days the doors are opened during the productions.
Picnic tables are available.
Limited refreshments are also available.
Parking is free.
Where to enjoy dinner before the show:
Brennan’s Fish House (14 miles)
Crosswinds Grille – Geneva-on-the-Lake (10 miles)
Grand River Cellars Winery – Madison (10 miles)
Pickle Bill’s Lobster House – Grand River (14 miles)
Silvestro’s Depot Cafe – Painesville (12 miles)
4th largest Amish Country – Geauga County
Covered Bridges (19) – Ashtabula County
Geneva-on-the-Lake – Ashtabula County
The Holden Arboretum – Kirtland
James A. Garfield National Historic Site – Mentor
Lake County Captains – Mentor
Lake County History Center – Mentor
Lake Metroparks Farmpark – Kirtland
Where to stay:
There are two hotels located just off the freeway in Madison. The Hampton Inn- Madison and the Holiday Inn Express. Other options available are the Hampton Inn – Ashtabula, Punderson Manor Lodge in Newbury, the Comfort Inn Painesville, Hampton Inn & Suites Mentor and/or Lawnfield Inn & Suites Mentor. For those who also want to spend time in Ohio’s Wine Country, we would suggest The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake or The Lakehouse Inn.
Local Visitor Information:
Akron – 75 miles
Ashtabula – 19 miles
Canton – 87 miles
Cleveland – 45 miles
Columbus – 215 miles
Erie, PA – 65 miles
Medina – 70 miles
Pittsburgh – 140 miles
Youngstown – 70 miles