The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University presents a re-interpretation of the classic Broadway hit musical,Guys and Dolls, October 20 – 23 in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Filled with colorful characters and Broadway standards like Sit Down – You’re Rockin’ the Boat, If I Were a Bell, A Bushel and a PeckandI’ve Never Been in Love Before, the show has broad appeal.
Based on Damon Runyon’s short story “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown,” Guys and Dolls revolves around Nathan Detroit, who places a sure bet that ladies’ man Sky Masterson can’t entice the first woman he sees to fall for him. When the first “doll” is the moral reformer Miss Sarah Brown, it raises the ante with laughs, dance, song and complications.
“This is Guys and Dolls with a twist—no script changes, no additions, but a reinterpretation of male-female relationships and some innovative staging,” according to Director Paul Mroczka. “Guys and Dolls has great music, strong characters and some exciting opportunities for dance. All of this, plus the fact that it is a classic musical comedy, makes it a great learning resource for all our students. On stage we are reinventing characters, reinvestigating the dynamics of each scene and number and interpreting many of the songs with a new gender-order twist,” he says.
The show is produced by Beth Cox, with scenic design by Matt Kizer, music direction by Amanda McLaughlin and choreography by Lisa Travis. A number of Plymouth State alumni have returned in professional roles, including McLaughlin, Angela Pitrone (costume design), Tom Fetera (lighting design), John Barnes (sound design), Don Williams (orchestra conductor) and Jason Hibbard (assistant technical director).
Performances are: 8 p.m. October 20; 7 p.m. October 21; 2 and 8 p.m. October 22 and 3 p.m. October 23. Tickets are $18 adult/$16 senior/$8 youth/$5 PSU student. Contact the Silver Center box office, (603) 535-ARTS, Monday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m.