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Cameron Wald, left, and Naomi Chaffee, right, converse in a bar tended by Patrick Watson, center, before boarding a ship in the opening scene from "Anything Goes," a production of Shade Tree Players and Dakota Stage Ltd. "It's a comedy filled with Cole Porter music, and there's a lot of talent," said musical director Maria Roll-Schlecht. The musical has a cast of 19 and is directed by Dean Bellin. "Anything Goes" runs Thursday through Saturday with performances at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Despite water damage from one of last week's rainstorms, Dakota Stage is ready for the Shade Tree Players Conservatory Program's performances of "Anything Goes."

Rehearsals for the Conservatory Program casts had to be moved offsite for several days due to water damage at Dakota Stage. With some quick clean-up work done and a new coat of paint on the stage, the final rehearsals this week are back at the theater.

"As a group, we talked about what a great teacher theater can be. There was every opportunity to feel sorry or wallow or even give up when we heard news of the flooding. In times like this, it is easy to let the drama spill off the stage,” said Dean Bellin, director.

"We all decided it would be best to take this opportunity to focus and redouble our efforts. Luckily, the kinds folks at BSC let us use unused classroom space for rehearsals. We had the chance to work in a new space and adapt, overcome and flourish," he said.

"Anything Goes," featuring Cole Porter's score in four performances, opens Thursday at 7 p.m. and runs through Sunday, with a final staging at 2 p.m.  Friday and Saturday's productions also are at 7 p.m.

The STP Conservatory program is for students who are entering grades 9-12 or who have recently graduated in the spring. Each rehearsal includes an educational hour of acting skills, techniques and games as well as singing techniques, ear training, sight reading and choreography.

"The Conservatory Program has been growing and growing, and the kids are becoming better actors, singers, dancers," said Maria Schlecht, musical director. "The 'Anything Goes' cast learned to tap dance and play ukuleles for this production, too.”

"Anything Goes" offers music, dance, laughs and the age-old tale of boy meets girls. Tickets are $15 and are availableonline at www.dakotastageltd.com or at the theater box office before each performance. For further information, email shadetree@dakotastageltd.com or call 701-258-4998.

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