MANSFIELD — The Mansfield Playhouse Youth Theatre will present the classic musical comedy favorite, “Guys and Dolls Jr.” for six performances, beginning Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. Additional performances are scheduled for Saturday, April 14, Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m.; with matinee performances scheduled on Sunday, April 15, and Sunday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m. Performances will take place at the Playhouse, which is located at 95 E. Third St. The production is under the direction of Dauphne Maloney, with music direction by Brian Nabors. “Guys and Dolls Jr.” features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, and book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling. The story for “Guys and Dolls Jr.” is based upon “The Idyll of Sarah Brown” and characters by Damon Runyon.
“Guys and Dolls Jr.” is set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, where the audience is introduced to colorful characters who have become legends in musical theater: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll”; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, a nightclub performer whose chronic flu is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating dice game. The score includes such musical theater favorites as, “Fugue for Tin Horns,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” and the title song, “Guys and Dolls.”
“Guys and Dolls” premiered on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre, Nov. 24, 1950. Directed by George S. Kaufman and choreographed by Michael Kidd, it won five Tony Awards in 1951, including Best Musical. The original production ran for 1,200 performances. The musical was adapted for film in 1955, and starred Marlon Brando as Sky and Frank Sinatra as Nathan.
The Mansfield Playhouse Youth Theatre Production features young actors between the ages of 5 and 18. The cast features Brianna Barnes as Sarah Brown, Kyle Miller as Sky Masterson, Julia Maxwell as Miss Adelaide, Philip Crane as Nathan Detroit, Deon Taylor as Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Austin Bigley as Benny Southstreet. Additional cast members include Madison Adams, Jill Baker, Blake Barnes, Evan Bartholomew, Hannah Bloir, Tucker Boggs, Emilee Cochran, Jack Conrad, Alexis Davis, Hannah Dixon, Allison Franklin, Addie Goodwin, Collin Greter, Elizabeth Harris, Christopher Hartman, William Hartman, Jordan Hayes, Megan Hayes, Nicholas Haynes, Jessica Henson, Madison Heichel, Emma Hutchison, Kristin Kaufman, Cassandra Kurek, Daniel Kurek, Louie Kurtzman, Sadie Kurtzman, Marissa Lawhorn, Howard Leuthold, John Marhefka, Michael Marhefka, Sarah Marhefka, Teresa Marhefka, Jessica Miller, Olivia Mitchell, Trevor Overly, Tristen Overly, Grace Riegel, Grace Surber, Tess Surber, Alex Tate, Caleb Tate, Thomas Tate, Alexis Wade, Olivia Wade and Christian Watkins.
Persons desiring more information about auditions may call Susie Schaus at 419-522-8140 or may email director Dauphne Maloney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are available by calling 419-522-2883 or by visiting www.mansfieldplayhouse.com.
Published on April 5, 2012