Guys & Dolls opens Oct. 11

September 28, 2012

Head back in time as Emporia State’s theater department presents the favorite saints-and-sinners story of “Guys and Dolls,” which is based upon stories and characters created by Manhattan, Kan., native Damon Runyon.  

Born into the family of a newspaperman, Runyon was born in Kansas, raised in Colorado and made his mark on the streets of Broadway in New York City. Composer Frank Loesser brought “Guys and Dolls” to Broadway in the middle of the Eisenhower years where it has become one of the most treasured shows of Broadway’s Golden Age.  Featuring a memorable score and equally memorable characters, “Guys and Dolls” has been revived several times on Broadway (most recently in 2009). It is also a celebrated MGM musical that starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra as the high rollers Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit.

Desperate to find money to pay for his floating crap game, Nathan Detroit (Noah Mefford, Senior, Burlington) bets Sky Masterson (Ethan Platt, Sophomore, Gardner) a thousand dollars that Sky will not be able to take a local Salvation Army girl, Sarah Brown (Cara Lohkamp, Senior, Wichita), to Cuba. While Sky courts Sarah, Nathan battles with his fiancé of 14 years, Adelaide (Marah Melvin, Junior, Iola), while still trying to put together his illegal crap game under the watchful eye of Lt. Brannigan (Michael Stauffer, Senior, Newton).

Other members of the cast include Chandler Archer-McGinnis (Sophomore, Topeka), Elise Blann (Senior, Newton), Nick Coyan (Freshman, Lenexa), Logan Emig (Freshman, Chapman), Samaria Fleig (Senior, Emporia), Crystal Foxworth (Junior, Junction City), Kylie Geiman (Sophomore, Louisburg), Adam Helmer (Senior, Emporia), Kayce Holoubek (Emporia), Brandon Jensen (Sophomore, Salina), Sean McConville (Senior, Gardner), Mack Joseph Melvin (Junior, Iola), Miranda Nation (Freshman, Winfield), Kevin Schultz (Junior, Hesston), Kangwon Song (Senior, Busan, South Korea), Trinity Standridge (Senior, Olathe), Andrew Walker (Senior, Wichita), Jamarious Wicker (Junior, Atlanta, GA), and Andrew Wilson (Freshman, Gresham, Ore.).

And watch for a cameo by Emporia State President Dr. Michael D. Shonrock as Joey Biltmore.

The musical is recommended for the entire family. “Guys and Dolls” is under the direction of Jim Bartruff with choreography by Lindy Bartruff.  Music direction is by Penny Speedie. The designers are Nancy Pontius (sets), Susan Mai (costumes), and Ron Fowlkes (lights) and Indy Dambro (sound). The Production Stage Manager is Mike Koetkemeyer (Senior) from Salina. The Assistant Stage Manager is Danielle Roberts (Senior) from Cherryvale.

Performances for Guys and Dolls are Thursday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2:30 pm, in the Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall at Emporia State University. Tickets cost $15 for premium seating and $12 for standard seating. Emporia State students with current IDs can get up to two standard tickets for $8 each.

Tickets are available at the University Box Office or by calling (620) 341-6378. Proceeds from the annual Homecoming musical support scholarships.

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