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See and be seen in Oak Creek

If you’re wondering what happened to the community theater actors, they’ve migrated to South Routt.

With an official nonprofit agency, Carpe Diem, overseeing the performing arts in Oak Creek, the place to see and be seen is down the road on Colorado Highway 131.

¤ “Anything Goes” ¤ 8 p.m. today and Saturday; 6 p.m. dinner theater performance Sunday ¤ Soroco Middle School Theater ¤ $10, or $5 for seniors and children younger than 12; $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors for Sunday’s dinner theater performance Photos, clockwise from top: ¤ Seth Bograd and Toni Lombardi rehearse Monday for “Anything Goes.” ¤ Barbie Bonfiglio (center in white) runs through choreography Monday with the cast of “Anything Goes.” ¤ Nina Rogers and Matt Stoddard rehearse Monday. ¤ The cast rehearses for performances tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

Director and choreographer Barbie Bonfiglio of “Anything Goes” advertised for actors in March, hoping to bring in local high school students.

But when auditions began, she saw the faces of veteran actors Seth Bograd, Matt Stoddard and Nina Rogers.

“The theater community doesn’t really have a home right now. It worked out really well,” Bonfiglio said. “They did a lot of work with the younger actors.”

Bonfiglio wanted to reach out to teenagers because “theater is what got me through high school,” she said. “And if you don’t keep your youth interested in theater, it will die out.”

“Anything Goes” is a musical and slapstick comedy set on a ship after the stock market crash in the 1930s.

The songs are Cole Porter tunes and should be familiar to most audience members.

Bonfiglio chose the show because she performed it in high school.

Because of difficulty in coordinating everyone’s schedules during the summer, the 20-member cast put the show together in two weeks.

“I was here night and day for those two weeks and so were many of the people on stage,” Bonfiglio said.

Bonfiglio’s 16-year-old daughter, Chelsea, and Natasha Cole, 15, built the set. They took a photo from Bonfiglio’s high school yearbook and re-created the backdrop.

¤ “Anything Goes” ¤ 8 p.m. today and Saturday; 6 p.m. dinner theater performance Sunday ¤ Soroco Middle School Theater ¤ $10, or $5 for seniors and children younger than 12; $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors for Sunday’s dinner theater performance Photos, clockwise from top: ¤ Seth Bograd and Toni Lombardi rehearse Monday for “Anything Goes.” ¤ Barbie Bonfiglio (center in white) runs through choreography Monday with the cast of “Anything Goes.” ¤ Nina Rogers and Matt Stoddard rehearse Monday. ¤ The cast rehearses for performances tonight, Saturday and Sunday.