music and lyrics by Cole Porter Book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse
Ruth N. Halls Theatre
April 15-15, 19-23 at 7:30; 23 at 2 pm
IU’s Department of Theatre and Drama presents Cole Porter’s durable musical Anything Goes, in a production directed by George Pinney, with musical direction by Terry LaBolt.
Senior William Angulo is the choreographer; Ethan Carpenter plays the young lover Billy Crocker. Each has a story about how he’s reached this place in his career.
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It’s not unusual for IU undergrads to change majors over the course of their four years here. Angulo’s path has a logic of its own. “I came to IU to be in the Jacobs School of Music, but after a year I transferred to the Department of Theatre and Drama.” In his new department, Angulo found a place to display and expand on his talents.
“George Pinney, the director of the Musical Theatre Program, kind of took me under his wing and mentored me in choreography.” Angulo is indeed the choreographer for Anything Goes. “It’s kind of my senior thesis,” he says.
Actor Ethan Carpenter’s path has been a bit more straightforward. It began during a summer during his high school years. “I came to the summer program at IU, and fell in love with the school and the department.”
Carpenter enjoys the challenges of the show, from the choreographer as well as from the music director, Terry LaBolt. “He sets the bar very high,” Carpenter says. “In fact, he doesn’t even tell us how high that bar is.” Carpenter is especially enjoying singing the dueling number “You’re the Top” in the IU production.