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Many Locals Involved in Production of 'Anything Goes' in Spring Lake

By Caren Caterina

SPRING LAKE — An upcoming production at the Spring Lake Theatre Company will not only be an evening to enjoy local talent but, an opportunity for residents to support the local community.

A benefit performance of “Anything Goes” will be held at the Spring Lake Community House Theatre next Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m.

The Spring Lake Community House Theatre is located at the corner of Third and Madison avenues.

The cost of tickets is $25, which also includes a VIP reception from 6:30-8 p.m. Light fare will be served during the VIP reception, including hors d’oeuvres as well as wine, beer and soft drinks.

Proceeds from those ticket sales will be shared equally among the Greater Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Spring Lake Business Improvement District [BID] as a shared fundraising opportunity.

The Spring Lake Business Improvement District Corporation is the nonprofit management company comprised of business owners and community members in charge of steering the BID.

Pat Barry, who serves as artistic director and producer at the Spring Lake Community House Theatre, “has given us this Wednesday night performance as a benefit for the chamber and the BID,” Greater Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director Ellen Manger said.

The proceeds will be split between the two groups,” Ms. Manger said.

While the BID focuses solely on Third Avenue and the business district, the Greater Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce “allows us to continue programs and improvements in Spring Lake, including the Heights, Lake Como, and Sea Girt,” Ms. Manger said. “That is what the greater part of the chamber means.”

Ms. Manger is hopeful many in the local community come out to enjoy the benefit performance.

“It is a delightful summer evening that can include the whole family and children for a premier event in our theatre,” Ms. Manger said. “Pat Barry does an amazing job.”

“It really is not to be missed,” Ms. Manger said. “It has been extremely successful and each year more people take advantage of this amazing night with a VIP party.”

BID Administrative Assistant Dawn McDonough, said Spring Lake Community Theatre “puts on the most magnificent shows across the board.”

“Every performance is more professional than the next” Ms. McDonough said. “And they are so generous in everything they do for the community.”

Contact Dawn at the BID 732-449-0037 or to reserve seats for the benefit evening.

Additional performances of “Anything Goes” will be held on Aug. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25 at 8 p.m.

“Anything Goes” originally opened on Broadway in 1934 at what is now the Neil Simon Theater and features the music of the famed composer Cole Porter.

There have been several Broadway revivals, the most recent of which featured Sutton Foster and Joel Grey and just closed on July 8.

“Anything Goes” tells the story of a cast of zany characters traveling from New York to London aboard an ocean liner.

Billy Crocker [Reid Henderson of Avon], a young Wall Street broker, stows away in order to win the heart of American debutant Hope Harcourt [Christine Baglivio of Point Pleasant] who much to his dismay is engaged to the stuffy Englishman, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh [Martin Grubman of Monmouth Beach].

With the help of former evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney [Bre Cade of Point Pleasant] and Public Enemy No. 13 Moonface Martin [Joe Ronga of Point Pleasant], Billy attempts to win Hope’s affections and hilarity ensues.

Kerry Baglivio, of Point Pleasant, directs the cast, which also includes Thea Sheridan of Belmar, Laura Beth Wonsala of Manasquan, Spring Lake Heights residents Liz Anderson, Mike Caggiano, Anne Miele, Caroline Miele and Theresa Miele, Spring Lake residents Kate Freeman, Frank Ryan and Anna Steenland, Sea Girt residents Heather Flynn, Billy Introcaso and Haley Patrick, Delaney Burke of Brielle, Myles Linzey of Bradley Beach, Brendan Doyle, Owen Russell, and Kaitlyn Hunt of Wall Township, Point Pleasant residents Steve Baglivio, Felicia Catney, Andrew Ferrie, Chris Kubat and Lucas Westervelt, Taylor Frizziola of Jackson, Brianne Kain of Shark River Hills, Cathy Kelly of Basking Ridge, Corinne Kenny of Brick Township and Janna Seduto of Farmingdale.

Mary Lough provides the musical direction and theatergoers will recognize such classic Cole Porter tunes as “You're the Top,” “Anything Goes,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”

According to producer Pat Barry, over the last 34 years, the Spring Lake Theatre Company has always been noted for its emphasis of family participation and “Anything Goes” is no different.

Quadruplets Caroline, Theresa, John and Anne Miele are all involved in the production, and director Kerry Baglivio is working with her sister Christine who plays Hope and her father Steve who plays the captain.

This is the fourth time the Spring Lake Theater Company has produced “Anything Goes” in 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2012, which makes it tied with the musical “Annie” as the most produced and one of the most popular shows on the Spring Lake stage.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors and students and $20 for children under 12 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 732-449-4530.