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North Central College students perform Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls”

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North Central College students will stage six performances of Frank Loesser’s Tony Award-winning favorite “Guys and Dolls” in early November.

“Guys and Dolls” is widely hailed as one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time and remains colorful and entertaining fun for the entire family. Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, 4, 5 and 12; at 2 p.m. Nov. 6; and at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.   

The story follows the exploits of New Yorker Nathan Detroit, who is desperate to find money to pay for his floating crap game. He bets Sky Masterson a thousand dollars that Sky will not be able to take local Salvation Army girl Sarah Brown to Cuba with him. Sky eventually convinces Sarah to join him, while Nathan contends with his longtime fiancé, Adelaide. Sky ends up falling in love with Sarah and tries to reform his gambling ways. When they return to New York from Cuba, Sky stakes everything on one roll of the dice: if he wins, all his gambling friends will have to go to church and repent, but if he loses he'll have to give them a thousand dollars each.

The musical features such well-known hits as “Luck Be a Lady Tonight,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” “If I Were a Bell” and “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” The original 1950 Broadway production won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The success sprung out numerous revivals, West End productions and a major motion picture in 1955 starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine.

The principal parts for North Central’s production of “Guys and Dolls” include (part, actor, town, year, major):

Sky Masterson: Dave Musselman of Woodridge, a senior majoring in musical theatre
Sarah Brown: Lauren Smith of Byron, a senior double majoring in psychology and theatre
Nathan Detroit: Garrett Lutz of Aurora, a senior majoring in musical theatre
Miss Adelaide: Heidi Buyck of Woodridge, a junior majoring in musical theatre
Nicely-Nicely Johnson: Max DeTogne of Arlington Heights, a junior majoring in speech communication
Benny Southstreet: Bryan Renaud of Sugar Grove, a junior majoring in theatre
Rusty Charlie: Brett Bush of Clarendon Hills, a freshman
Lieutenant Brannigan: Ryan Stassel of Elburn, a sophomore majoring in interactive media graphic art
Arvide Abernathy: Brad Morrison of St. Charles, a junior double majoring in music and musical theatre
General Matilda Cartwright: Colleen O’Connor of Mesa, Ariz., a junior majoring in musical theatre

The large cast includes:
Harry the Horse: Harry Ashley
Big Jule: Kyle Ryan
Angie the Ox: Mychall Cornejo
Society Max: Ricky Quintana
Scranton Slim: Aronzo Traylor II
Liver Lips Louie: Brian Warren
Brandy Bottle Bates: Jack Bauer
The Greek: Abraham Vences
Calvin: Derek Bacon
Joey Biltmore: Cullen Rogers
MC: Brian Mengler
Waiter: Erik Burke
Drunk: Chris Driver
Tango feature: Darren Hutchinson/McKenna Sheridan
Mission band: Sean Lynch, Brian Mengler, Kelly Rasmussen
Mimi: Kathryn Lepine
Martha: Rae Lindenberg
Agatha: Kimberly Garner
Hot Box girls: Emilia Benassi, McKenna Sheridan, Hannah Hudson, Amanda Strolia, Megan Ingram, Emma van Ommeren, Kathryn Lepine, Chelsey Walker, Cassie Nelson, Chelsea Ward, Emily Refner, and Maggie Wieczorek.

North Central College offers majors in theatre or musical theatre and a minor in dance. A full range of acting and dance classes is available, as well as opportunities to direct a full-length production. Students of all majors can participate in musical and nonmusical performances, actor showcases and one-act plays and performances in the College’s four theatre venues. Full-time professors and active professionals who are artist-teachers serve as faculty. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/majors/theatre to learn more about studying theatre at North Central College. 

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

Founded in 1861 and celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. With more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes. Visit northcentralcollege.edu to learn more.

10-04-2011