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Classic Musical Comes to Averett Stage

November 8, 2011

By Sierra Young

The theatre and music departments never cease to amaze us. With their daring performances they continue to leave audiences in a state of awe. Here they go again with the Tony Award winning show "Guys And Dolls." The show will be performed in Pritchett Auditorium Nov. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

Written by Damon Runyon, "Guys And Dolls" is a musical fable of how things in New York function. The show follows Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson along with two lovely "dolls," Sarah Brown and Adelaide. This production also showcases the city of New York, a city that never really sleeps. You'll meet everyone from the news seller to the chorus girls and the gamblers to the missionary helpers. All of these characters are caught up in the crowded liveliness of the city and its streets.

"This is a show we have always loved," said Richard Breen, theatre professor and the director for the show.

It has some huge musical numbers including "Marry the Man Today," "Luck be a Lady" and "A Bushel and a Peck."

"The reason we sing and dance is because we have to, we love it, and we hope it brings a lot of people out," said Breen.

That old saying "practice makes perfect" directly applies when it comes to rehearsing for a production as large as this one.

"Rehearsals can seem dry at times, because you feel like you got nothing accomplished," said Cody Shepherd, a sophomore double majoring in theatre and biomedical sciences, who plays the role of Harry the Horse. "Then there are nights when you learn an entire dance in three minutes, and that's when you go 'Wow, I did all of this.'"

"The rehearsal process can be draining, but it helps to have people I consider my family around me every step of the way," said Lindsey Litka a sophomore majoring in English and theatre, who plays the role of Adelaide. "The most exciting part for me is learning everything you can about the character; it's really like getting to know someone."

Some of the behind the scenes people involved in this show include Dr. Anne Lewis, musical director; Penny Sornberger, costume designer; Jackie Finney, set and light designer; and Danya Zuniga, choreographer. This show also features a 12 piece orchestra consisting mostly of students.

Tickets, which can be purchased in advance or on the night of the production, are $9 for adults and $7 for students/senior citizens. Seating is general admission. To purchase tickets in advance call the Pritchett Auditorium Box Office at 434-791-5712.