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Beloved ‘Guys & Dolls’ set to open at CPHS

Ryan Kelleher as Nathan Detroit JuliThorn as Miss Adelaide rehearse 'Sue Me' for upcoming producti'Guys   Dolls' Crown Point

Ryan Kelleher as Nathan Detroit and Julia Thorn as Miss Adelaide rehearse "Sue Me" for the upcoming production of "Guys & Dolls" at Crown Point High School in Crown Point, Ind. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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IF YOU GO

◆ “Guys & Dolls”

◆ 7 p.m. March 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 and 2:30 p.m. March 17

◆ Crown Point High School auditorium, 1500 S. Main St.

◆ Tickets: All seats reserved; $12 adults, $8 students and senior citizens

◆ Visit www.cphstheatre.com or call 663-4885, Ext. 11604, for reservations, or purchase tickets at the box office from 2:40 to 4 p.m. weekdays

A popular fable of Broadway set to music, “Guys & Dolls” by Damon Runyon, is coming to Crown Point High School.

One hundred twenty students are involved in the play, according to theater director Kit Degenhart.

“The challenge is making the musical as entertaining as possible. There is a lot of pressure, as so many people love this musical,” he said. “This happens to be my wife’s favorite show and I love it as well — great characters, hilarious conflict, with great, great songs.”

The storyline follows an interesting array of characters as they experience life in New York and Havana, Cuba. Three small-time gamblers, band members of the Save-a-Soul Mission, and local police start the story, and it follows them through an illegal dice game.

Student director Nina Rettig, 19, has served as director in six previous school productions.

“The most difficult part of being student director is keeping track of the blocking for every character,” said the CPHS senior. “There can be a lot of things happening at once on stage, and I have to keep a record of all the stage directions.”

Casey Kitchen, 18, will appear on stage as Sky Masterson.

“I’ve learned quite a lot over the years in theater,” the senior said. “Gaining experience on the stage helped me tremendously with public speaking. Aside from that, learning how to be part of a production and meeting all the wonderful personalities that make up the ‘theater kid’ population here is a priceless experience I will never forget.”

The role of Sarah Brown will be portrayed by Madi McGuckin, 17.

The junior has appeared in 10 productions since she was a youngster, but this is her first lead role.

“I am a little nervous, just because this is my first time really being featured outside the ensemble,” she said. “I feel like I’m really going to gain a lot from this experience.”

“Guys and Dolls is a really great show, and I’m just happy to be a part of it. “

Each year, Crown Point High School Theatre Company stages two productions (one play and one musical) and an Evening of One Acts that are senior-directed. Also, an annual theater camp is offered in June.



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