Musical Theatre Club Presents Award-Winning Musical Guys and Dolls
Covenant College presents Frank Loesser’s Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls March 28-29 and April 3-5 in the Dora Maclellan Brown Memorial Chapel. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each evening.
Guys and Dolls premiered on the Broadway stage in 1950. This first production, starring Robert Alda and Vivian Blaine, ran for 1,200 performances. The revival production in 1992, starring Peter Gallagher and Faith Prince, exceeded the record of its predecessor, playing on stage until 1995. The 1955 film adaptation starred Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine.
The story opens in New York City’s bustling Times Square. Reputed gambler Nathan Detroit (Wes Simmonds), and his right-hand men Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Caleb Long), Benny Southstreet (Matthew Pillsbury), and Rusty Charlie (Jon VanderHart) are desperately in need of a location for Nathan’s floating crap game. The gamblers are short on cash, but Nathan hatches a scheme to trick the high-roller, Skye Masterson (Asher Payne), into wagering the funds for the game.
With $1,000 on the line, Skye must woo the upright, uptight Save-A-Soul Mission “doll” Sarah Brown (Ellie Novenson). Romance blossoms as Skye and Sarah begin to fall for each other in spite of themselves. Meanwhile, hilarity ensues as Nathan doggedly tries to come through on his game, dodge his hypochondriac fiancée of 14 years, Miss Adelaide (Dani Mascow), and stay one step ahead of Police Lieutenant Brannigan (William Minich).
Additional cast members include the gamblers Angie the Ox (Isaiah Smallman), Joey Biltmore (Kip Burdette), Big Jule (Max Belz), Harry the Horse (Brandon Lancaster); the Hotbox Girls (Julie Drexler, Rebekah Schmidt, Karis Brauer, Ashley Chinchen, Christina Hartwell, Hannah Joseph); and mission band members (James Valkenburg, Katie Mitchell, Elizabeth Brink, Laura Childers, Emilie Edwards).
Guys and Dolls is produced by Covenant’s Musical Theatre Club in conjunction with the Department of Music,and joined by the Covenant College Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Gary Wilkes. The musical is directed by Monica Woodlief and choreographed by Holli Hutson. Supporting personnel include Brian Woodlief, set design; Tatiana Trevor, vocal coach; Glen Wieldraayer, set construction; Libby Mallory and Sarah Huntzinger, costumes; Angela Beall, makeup; Rebecca Huizinga, stage manager; and Aubrey Little, props manager.
Tickets go on sale March 10 and may be purchased by calling 706.419.1428 or 706.419.1459. Tickets may also be purchased on Covenant’s campus during lunch and dinner hours in the Great Hall and from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the music office.
Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for senior adults 65+ and for Covenant College employees, $10 for students, and $5 for Covenant College students with ID and for children. Group discounts are available for block purchases of 25 or more tickets.