Carmel actress angelic in ‘Anything Goes’

Carmel High School graduate Kari Baker plays the role of Purity in Beef & Boards’ production of “Anything Goes.” (Submitted photo)

Carmel High School graduate Kari Baker plays the role of Purity in Beef & Boards’ production of “Anything Goes.” (Submitted photo)

By Patricia Rettig

Get on board for some delightful and de-lovely entertainment as the nautical musical “Anything Goes” comes to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre starting April 3.

Recently revived on Broadway, this lighthearted Cole Porter classic celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.

An amusing story wrapped around one of the magical scores of native Hoosier Cole Porter, “Anything Goes” sends the age-old tale of boy-meets-girl out to sea aboard the ocean liner S.S. American. Young travelers fall in love at first sight, but the girl is already engaged! Throw in some disguised characters, blackmail and tap-dancing sailors, and it adds up to an upbeat production that’s the top.

The musical features songs like “Friendship,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and the title song, “Anything Goes.” And it’s meant to be a sing-along, so don’t feel bad about tapping your toes to this feel-good musical.

“Anything Goes” also stars Carmel High School graduate Kari Baker, who plays the role of Purity, one of four backup singing and dancing “angels” of nightclub singer Reno Sweeney.

A dancer for 16 years, Baker is a graduate of Carmel High School where she was a member of the Ambassadors Show Choir. A dancer since the age of 4, she hones her skills at Performer’s Edge School of Dance & Theatrical Training in Carmel.

“Getting to work at Beef and Boards is truly incredible,” she said. “I am so proud to be the performer I am today,” she added. “It’s a passion of mine, and I plan on making it my career.”

Baker is currently attending Ivy Tech.

“Anything Goes” is on stage for 40 performances through May 11 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, prepared in-house for each performance, and select beverages. Parking is always free.

“Anything Goes” ● Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre ● 9301 N. Michigan Rd. in Indianapolis ● Buffet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. on select nights April 22 through May 11 ● Tickets start at $38.50 ● For more information call 872-9664 or visit