By MIKE LOPERGOLO
On December 1 auditions were held for Cumberland County College’s spring semester production of the Musical classic Guys And Dolls. For the most part, the auditions consisted of many familiar faces that previously performed at the college. The auditions also brought about some new faces from students and community members.
Based on the works of Damon Runyon, the show centers on two couples. Nathan and Adelaide have been engaged for 14 years, but rather than tie the knot, Nathan obsesses with his Illegal craps game. To raise money to rent out space for the game, Nathan bets Sky that he can’t seduce Sarah, a strict missionary. The play brings about delightful conflicts and a fun, chaotic atmosphere.
The show premiered on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre, on November 24th, 1950. The musical ran for 1,200 performances, and won five Tony Awards, including the award for Best Musical. The original London production opened at the London Coliseum in 1953 and ran for 555 performances. The show has had five award-winning revivals on Broadway and numerous tours. In 1955 a film adaptation was released, starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, and Jean Simmons.
The show is very famous for its score, which includes famous numbers as “Luck Be A Lady” and “Sit Down, Your Rocking the Boat.”
There will be four shows performed during April. The play opens on April 15 at 8:00PM. Other performances occur on Friday, April 16 at 8:00 PM, Saturday, April 17 at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 17 at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, April 18 at 3:00 PM. Ticket prices are $12 for Adults, $8 for people 55 and over, and $8 for those under 18.
It has been three months since the auditions, and production is well under way. The cast has already begun cleaning up some of the more difficult dance routines, and has nearly completed Act 1 of the show. Only time will tell if Guys And Dolls will top last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast.