NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

June 14, 2013

Triton musical 'Anything Goes' wins best production

By Michelle Pelletier Marshall
Correspondent

---- — BYFIELD - The hard work and dedication of those involved in the musical production of “Anything Goes” presented by the Triton Regional School district arts program this March has been duly rewarded.

This week, “Anything Goes” won Best Production in the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild/Broadway in Boston High School Musical Awards.

The awards presentation was held on June 11 at the Paramount Theater at Emerson College. Triton Regional High School was one of 44 schools that entered the competition. The other nominees in the Best Production category were: “Sweeney Todd” by Marblehead High School, “Grease” by Belmont High School, “The Wedding Singer” by Brockton High School and “Sweeney Todd” by Framingham High School.

“It was a thrilling evening for all of us. Words cannot express how proud we are of this wonderful company of theatre artists,” said Sha Riordan, Triton’s drama director, who attended the awards ceremony. “We are a team in every sense of the word, and perhaps the best part of the evening was experiencing the thrilling sense of joy, accomplishment, and support for each other that our kids shared as a team! Tonight, everyone was a star!”

In addition to winning Best Production, Haley Flo Crowley (”Bonnie”) won Best Supporting Actress, Jessica Harms won Best Director, and the cast won Best Choral Ensemble (musical direction by Holly Libert and Sue Densmore, also Triton Arts program coordinator).

Students and staff involved with the production are understandably thrilled, said Densmore. “It really caps off quite a year of wonderful productions by all of our groups,” she said. “From our great senior class and their leadership, to our up and coming freshmen, it has been quite a year for Triton Arts.”

The 40 students involved in the production of “Anything Goes,” which includes cast, technical crew and band pit, presented four shows in early March, having rehearsed for more than three months. Unique to this production, which is a musical comedy set aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London, was that everyone in the cast was required to learn tap dancing for the show’s five-minute-long song “Anything Goes.” Director Harms said that the cast members spent more than nine hours learning the choreography for that song.

Said Assistant Superintendent Brian Forget of the news about Triton winning the inaugural award, “Congratulations to all involved — students, staff, and volunteers - who make Triton Arts such an outstanding program.”

The Triton Regional Schools Department of Visual and Performing Arts exists to provide excellent education in music, drama, and visual art to the students in the Triton Regional School District. Annually, the group performances include a fall play, competition one-act and a spring musical. All Triton middle and high school students are invited to audition for the performances, and for “Anything Goes” all students who auditioned were accepted.