One of the most exciting events of the year in Weehawken is the Annual School Musical Theater Production, which this year is “Anything Goes.”
The show is sponsored by Mayor Richard Turner and the Weehawken Township Council, Weehawken Board of Education, and the Weehawken Municipal Alliance Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Students from grades seven to 12 work together to put on this artistic activity, whether on stage or behind the scenes.
"Anything Goes" takes place on an ocean liner headed from New York to London, and covers all of the happenings that go on during the voyage. It’s a classic musical that boasts famous Cole Porter songs such as “Friendship,” “You’re the Top,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”
The student produced theater production is a highly anticipated part of every school year for the students and for community as well. Aside from the high level of energy showcased on the stage with the singing, dancing, and acting, the production also has sets, lights, and direction with total student involvement.
Weehawken High School is partnered with Inside Broadway, Inc. of New York City and Moore Productions, Sound & Lighting of Franklin Lakes, who supply professional instruction to the students.
Director Braddon Mehrten, Sound Engineer Bo Moore, Woodshop Instructor Paul Simons, Art Instructor Elizabeth McParland, Music Instructor Michael Lichtenfeld and Music Accompanist Heather Edwards add their expertise to help the students through every aspect of the play process.
This year, the show is dance heavy with tap numbers involving the entire cast, and an impressive replica of an ocean liner, designed by the student stage crew.
“It’s a lot of work, but it will be spectacular,” said wood shop teacher Paul Simons.
“Anything Goes” will debut on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weehawken High School Auditorium.