IT'S smooth sailing for the cast of Galashiels Amateur Operatic Society's production of Anything Goes.

The Volunteer Hall was filled with 1930s glamour as Cole Porter's classic musical was brought to life aboard the S.S. American.

And although some may only know the titular song, Anything Goes, audiences are bound to fall in love with the equally tuneful I Get a Kick Out of You and Blow, Gabriel, Blow.

If the classic showtunes weren't enough to whet your theatre appetite, the amazing cast of this production will certainly capture your attention.

Donning the flapper style, each cast member brings their own flair to their roles.

Anything Goes' star-crossed lovers, Hope Harcourt and Billy Crocker, played by Catriona Lamb and Jack McAuley show that even when apart, their characters' determination to be together couldn't be stopped by those who would stand in their way. Catriona, although only 17-years-old, seems mature beyond her years, taking the lead role in her stride, proving to be every inch the sophisticated 1930s New Yorker.

And Jack's lead role as Billy is perfectly paired with his unlikely partner, found in Dan Wilson's portrayal of 'Public Enemy 13', Moonface Martin. The duo first meet when stowing themselves away on the cruise liner, and their hare-brained schemes get them into some serious trouble, but also provides plenty of entertainment.

A notable performance comes from Holly Nichol, who makes her GAOS principal role debut as the feisty and sassy nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney. Holly's passion for musical theatre is clear in her performance. Reno is a pivotal role, featuring in many musical numbers, and Holly doesn't miss a beat.

A heavy dose of comedy is packed into this performance, whether drunk Eli Whitney, played by Simon Thomson, slurring around the ship, trying his hardest to woo the high-strung Mrs Harcourt, or the bumbling idiot, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, who manages to make a mess of even the simplest of New York sayings.

The audience will double over in laughter as James Bennett's performance of the incredibly posh Evelyn raises eyebrows, and 'Excalibur', when he sees Reno in her nightgown.

As well as their top talent as actors and singers, this production's cast show they also have what it takes in the dancing department too. From the high kicks in the opening number, I Get a Kick Out of You, to the tap dancing break in the Act One finale performance of Anything Goes, members of the audience will be transfixed.

Congratulations must go to musical director Jeff Thomson for creating a remarkable show.


Billy Crocker - Jack McAuley

Hope Harcourt - Catriona Lamb

Reno Sweeney - Holly Nichol

Moonface Martin - Dan Wilson

Erma - Jess Thomson

Evelyn Oakleigh - James Bennett

Evangeline Harcourt - Lorraine Kemp

Elisha J. Whitney - Simon Thomson

John - Oliver Grant

Luke - Matthew Wear

Reverend Henrietta T. Dobson - Catherine Fletcher

Reno’s Angels - Rosie Fletcher, Kara Roberts, Emily Balderston, and Catriona Moore

Captain - Andrew Cannon

Purser - Ben Williams

Sailors - Adam Wilson and Fraser Weston

Stewardesses - Eve Sinclair, Caroline Hardie, Mya Lamb, and Katherine Adamson

Dancers - Ruby Everett, Robyn Smith, Kara Doogan, and Eilidh Nicol

Passengers - Colette Edie, Shelley Foster, Irene Hume, Val Little, Dawn Lowes, Zahra Ferahi, Cairen McAuley, Lucy Thomson, John Atkinson, and Aditya Roshan