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'Anything Goes' with Quaker Valley musical

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Rachael Houser and Johnathan Roppo perform a scene as Reno Sweeney and Billy Crocker, respectively, during a rehearsal for 'Anything Goes' at Quaker Valley High School Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
The cast of 'Anything Goes' perform a scene during a rehearsal at Quaker Valley High School Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

From a stowaway to romance and early-20th-century shenanigans, “Anything Goes” next week at Quaker Valley High School.

Under the direction of Lou Valenzi and musical direction of Matthew Boice, more than 60 students will present the popular Cole Porter show to a public audience April 11 to 13.

“It's a little bit edgy for the time, but it's fun,” Valenzi said. “The themes are not edgy.”

The show marks the final time senior Johnathan Roppo will perform at Quaker Valley.

Roppo takes the stage as Billy Crocker — a young Wall Street broker in love with Hope Harcourt, who is played by Rachel Silverstein.

“It's like putting ‘Seinfield' on a boat in the 1930s,” Roppo said of “Anything Goes.”

“A lot of randomness happens — blackmail, disguises — lots of disguises, (and) romance.”

A musician, Roppo said he has enjoyed being part of three shows in high school.

“I'm definitely not a dancer, so that's the hardest part for me — learning steps,” he said. “But the choreography is great. I'd have to really try hard to make it look bad.”

The show also marks the final time senior Ryan Garbee will perform at Quaker Valley.

As Moonface Martin, Garbee serves as Roppo's sidekick in an effort to help Billy Crocker win over Hope, who is set to wed Sir Evelyn Oakleigh.

“It's like us doing shenanigans to break those two up while trying not to get caught by the captain,” Garbee said. “By the end of the show, there's all the couples paired together and then me.”

Garbee has performed in Quaker Valley shows since sixth grade, he said.

He's hoping for a career in theater and has performed with Pittsburgh Musical Theater but said he'll miss Quaker Valley productions.

“I really like the camaraderie, and I like being someone else,” he said. “I like the friendships you can make, and singing and dancing. So it kind of works out.”

While the two seniors bid adieu to Quaker Valley's stage, sophomore Peter Heres — who plays Sir Evelyn — makes his first appearance.

A British lord, Sir Evelyn is “really eccentric,” Heres said.

“My character has trouble keeping up with the American lingo,” he said.

Heres, who previously has performed in Sewickley Academy performing-arts camps, said he's looking forward to his Quaker Valley debut.

“There's five different shows, but there's one shot to nail it,” he said.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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