Beloved ‘Guys & Dolls’ presents challenge
By Sue Ellen Ross Post-Tribune correspondent March 13, 2013 4:36PM
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
IF YOU GO
◆ “Guys & Dolls”
◆ 7 p.m. March 15, 16, 21, 22
and 23; 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
◆ For reservations, visit www.cphstheatre.org or call 663-4885, Ext. 11604, or buy tickets from 2:40 to 4 p.m. weekdays at the box office.
Updated: March 13, 2013 4:36PM
A popular fable of Broadway set to music, “Guys & Dolls” by Damon Runyon, is coming to Crown Point High School.
According to theater director Kit Degenhart, 120 students are involved in the play.
“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 & Dolls is a really great show, and I’m just happy to be a part of it. “
Each year, the 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.