BY LORI DEMRES
Want to go?
• WHAT: “Guys and Dolls”
• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 24-26
• WHERE: Sandusky High School, 2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky
• COST: $5/adults, $3/children under 12
• INFO: 419-621-2743
The ever lovin’ musical comedy “Guys and Dolls” will be performed by Sandusky High School from March 24 through 26.
Most people are familiar with the movie of the same name, which stars Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine, who revived her role of Miss Adelaide from Broadway.
Sandusky High School Music Director Laura Brockbader said her students have seen the film. “We took a day last fall and watched the movie,” she said. Once the kids saw it, they thought it looked like fun and were receptive to performing it. “They started thinking (in terms of) ‘What part do I want?’”
This oddball romantic comedy features characters of all ilk, including gamblers, showgirls, missionaries and gangsters with equally inventive names, such as Harry the Horse, Nicely Nicely and Big Julie.
Not your general run-of-the-mill show, “Guys and Dolls” centers on what happens when women try to tame gambling men. A trip to Cuba, people saving souls, a dogged police lieutenant and a floating crap game that lands in a sewer all come together for one fun musical.
“It’s a wonderful show,” said Brockbader. “The kids are enjoying it, and they’ve worked so hard.”
The tunes, as one might guess, are catchy and addictive. “Everyone loves watching the guys perform ‘Luck Be a Lady,’” said Brockbader. “It seems to be their favorite dance number.”
Choreographer Lisa Jones is adopting some dance elements from the movie, but adding her own moves to make it unique.
“‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat’ may be the kids’ favorite song, since the entire cast is a part of it,” said Brockbader. But the perfect compliment that makes the show truly unique is live music — in this case, provided by a symphony orchestra.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. March 24-27 at the Sandusky High School auditorium, 2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Reservations are not necessary. Doors open one hour before show time.