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`Guys and Dolls' on high school stage this weekend

March 16, 2011
  • Zack Roth, Cory Hess, and Brad Barkdoll, from left, converse during a recent dress rehearsal of Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Senior High School's all-school production "Guys and Dolls." The show is on tap this weekend.
By Chris Tilley, Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Waynesboro Area Senior High School will present "Guys and Dolls" Friday through Sunday as this year's all-school production.

Based on the "Idyll of Sarah Brown" by Damon Runyon and set in his mythical New York City, the plot showcases the characters Sarah Brown (Rebecca Reed), the "mission doll" who is out to reform the lowlife on Times Square, and Sky Masterson (Mat Levine), the smooth, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love.

Other characters include Adelaide (Claire Martin), the chronically ill Hotbox entertainer whose condition is brought on by her engagement to the same man for 14 years, and Nathan Detroit (Cory Hess), her fiance, who spends his time looking for a place for his floating craps game.

Arvide is played by Nick Bailey, Nicely-Nicely Johnson by Brad Barkdoll, Benny Southstreet by Zach Roth, Big Jule by Matt Bonner, and Harry the Horse by Corey Donatto. Additional gamblers include Zac Arestad, Ben Dennis, Shaun Egolf, Brandon Helman, Ryan Kaiser, James Lis, Andrew Payne and Chris Seylar. Maureen Bradley, Missy Ecker, Alexa Hofmann, Emily Johnson, Megan Piavis and Carla Plummer make up the Hotbox girls.

The Mission Band is formed by Taylor Davis, Morgan Jackson, Victoria Jackson, Gracie Kober, Katie Mitchell and Sarah Young. The remaining chorus members are Dani Bautista, Sarah Churchman, Ali Correll, Mary Dennis, Ariana Giasomo, Madison Gober, Alli Harbour, Jazz Kaewviron, Jordan Marshall, Susannah Marshall, Amanda Poole, Laura Ritenour, Lexie Shank and Kayliegh Starkey.

Debra Hollen is directing her 17th all-school production. Mark Hollen is the producer. The pit orchestra is directed by Patrick McNamee, and the music director is Eric Griffith.

Sue Kuhn is the set designer. Student stage managers are Demi Miller and Matthew Mowen. Angie Cales is the accompanist, and Dani Hollen is the choreographer.

"Guys and Dolls" won eight Tony Awards, and the film version had the highest box-office gross of 1955. The 1992 production won a Tony for Best Revival.

Some of the songs include "Luck Be a Lady," "Bushel and a Peck," "Adelaide's Lament" and "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat."

The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Reserved seats are $8 and can be purchased today from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

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