Tuesday, March 07, 2017

TOP STORY >> ‘Guys and Dolls’ this weekend

By JEFFREY SMITH  Leader staff writer

Jacksonville High’s Titan Theater Company will perform the musical “Guys and Dolls” this weekend. Shows are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Sandy Reed Auditorium at the middle school, 718 Harris Road. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

Frank Loesser’s Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls” is a romantic comedy set in 1930s New York City. It is a tale of gamblers, showgirls and gangsters, based on the story and characters of Damon Runyon, an American newspaperman and short story writer. His stories celebrated the world of Broadway.

The cast includes Isaac Whitney as Nicely Nicely Johnson, Calvin Hayes as Benny Southstreet, Justin Pike as Nathan Detroit, Deshaun Thomas as Rusty Charlie, Kendrick Rhynes as Harry The Horse, Hunter Brockinton as Lt. Brannigan, Keith Skrdlant as Angie the Ox, Mallory Harness as Mimi, Maegan Dement as Gen. Matilda Cartwright, Justin Waters as Big Jule, Julia Releford as Franny the Fruit Lady, Yuseff Taylor as Danny the news vendor, Kayley Shettles as Sarah Brown, Jeriah Brumfield as Aunt Arvide Abernathy, Danielle Carney as Miss Adelaide, Valentino Warren as Sky Masterson, Amanda Crews as Havana Seductress and the Hot Box emcees are Matthew Veasley and Marcus Casey.

The gamblers are Jaylon Hall as Little Paulie, Tevin Tucker as Flak, Marcus Casey as Montana Six, Myles Mason as Rocky, Matthew Veasley as Ace and Eric Wilson as Amarillo Slim.

Hot Box girls are Kezia Warren as Babs, Kim Shipman as LuLu, Kara Hutchinson as Dibby, Amanda Crews as Wafer, Mallory Harness as Mimi and Lindsey Martin as Glitzy.

Save a Soul missionaries are Jade Pye as Lucy, Kennedy Morris as Irene, Sierra Parker as Ruth and Yuseff Taylor as Oliver.

Havana Cuba Revelers are Kara Hutchinson as Rasha, Tevin Tucker as Loco, Mallory Harness as Pueto, Jaylon Hall as Pallada, Lindsey Martin as Raquel, Matthew Veasley as Ridel, Marcus Casey as Ever and Julia Releford as Louisa.

“Guys and Dolls” is directed by Jane Balgavy, assistant director Michelle Young, vocal coach Chris Cross, choreographer Larrissa Garvin, student director Chyna Loftis, student technical director Justin Waters, stage managers Trenten Palsa and Chyna Loftis, running crew chief Candace Varhalla, crew members John McCann and Damein Wright, production assistant Declan Williams, lighting chief Kevin Hinesly, spotlight Quincy Trotter, sound chief Daniel Terry sound crew Taylor Toombs, chief costumer Sabrena Kertz, costume dresser Lynzie VanBrocklin, chief makeup Brooklyn Snead, paint crew Pris Benson, Ahna Davis and Mandy Green.