Davidson High School thespians will bring their season to a close with "Anything Goes," a popular musical set on an ocean liner.

Davidson High School thespians will bring their season to a close with "Anything Goes," a popular musical set on an ocean liner.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. April 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. April 17 at the Davidson performing-arts center, 5100 Davidson Road.

Director Trace Crawford said he fell in love with the show after seeing it for the first time as a child.

"The music is fantastic; the show is hilarious. It's one of the shows I never get tired of. It's awesome," he said.

The musical tells the story of stowaway Billy Crocker attempting to gain the affection of heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, with the help of Reno Sweeney and Moonface Martin.

About 60 actors, 25 crew members and 20 pit-orchestra musicians have prepared for the production for two-and-a-half months through various staging, music and dance rehearsals. In addition to the students, the production has choreographers, technical directors, music directors and a pit orchestra conductor, Crawford said.

As far as costumes, audiences can expect fun, nautical and sailor-themed attire, he said.

Senior Ethan Lowe will perform his first lead role in a musical as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, an uptight Englishman betrothed to Hope Harcourt.

"It's been really fun. I've grown with my vocal ability, thanks to the choir directors," he said. "Everyone is so passionate about the show. It's a feel-good comedy and a classic."

Senior Caleb Crawford will portray Moonface Martin, who he described as a "gangster that befriends the lead character, Billy, and joins him in his antics to win over the female lead, Hope."

"It's a fabulous experience, a hilarious show and the cast is extremely talented," he said.

Senior Alicia Meyers will portray Reno Sweeney, a nightclub singer.

"The dancing is really intense," she said. "It's a lot of hard work, but it's a great way to end senior year."

Trace Crawford said that although last season's musical, "High School Musical," sold out with the exception of one show, he does not expect to sell as many tickets for this musical.

About 750 tickets total were sold the last time Davidson students performed "Anything Goes" in 2006, and he anticipates selling a similar number of tickets.

Tickets for the shows are on sale at localevelevents.com or at the door for $10.