The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph’s College will present the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Guys and Dolls” on April 6,7, 8 at 7:30 pm CDT in the College Theatre located in the Evans Arts and Science Building on the campus of Saint Joseph’s College. Admission is $5 for adults with children under 12 and all SJC students, faculty, and staff admitted free.
Based on a story and characters first written by Damon Runyon, “Guys and Dolls” features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, a book written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and has been one of the best known and most popular musicals since it’s premier in 1950 when it ran for 1,200 performances. “Guys and Dolls” won five Tony Awards in 1951 including the Tony Award for best musical. “Guys and Dolls” was also selected as the winner of the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, however, because of writer Abe Burrows' troubles with the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), the Trustees of Columbia University vetoed the selection, and no Pulitzer for Drama was awarded that year.
There have been several memorable revivals since then including the 1992 revival with Nathan Lane which saw it awarded the Tony for best revival and the film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra in 1955. Containing such song standards as “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and the raucous “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat,” “Guys and Dolls” continues to be a favorite with Community, College, and professional theatre companies all over the world.
The cast for this production includes freshman Music major Brett Previdi of Chesterfield, Mich. as Nicely-Nicely Johnson; senior Theatre Arts major Marten Moreno of Berwyn, Ill. as Benny South Street; senior Political Science major Nicholas Cossyleon of Munster, Ind. as Rusty Charley; sophomore English-Creative Writing major Danata Paulino of Greenville, Mich. as Sarah Brown; junior Religion/Philosophy major Wes Hutson of Fort Wayne, Ind. as Arvide Abernathy; sophomore Business Administration major Emily Eller of Remington, Ind. as Agatha and a member of the Mission Band; freshman Computer Science major Brian Vidal of Crown Point, Ind. as Calvin and Mission Band member; sophomore Chemistry major Hunter Wirtz of Earl Park, Ind. as Martha and Mission Band member; senior Digital Media and Journalism major Logan James of Logansport, Ind. as Harry the Horse; sophomore Mathematics major Cody Hartshorn of Marietta, Ohio as Lt. Brannigan; senior Business Administration major Jacob McCoy of Crown Point, Ind. as Nathan Detroit; sophomore English major Cameron Adams of Country Club Hills, Ill. as Angie the Ox; sophomore Music major Bobbie Sue McDaniel of Crown Point, Ind. as Miss Adelaide; junior Music major Niko Lara of Lake Station, Ind. as Sky Masterson; sophomore Art major Dante Hardin of Evansville, Ind. as Joey Biltmore; freshman Music major Kayla Shoaff of Macomb Township, Mich.as Mimi; senior Biology major Toni Raver of Monon, Ind. as General Matilda B. Cartwright; junior Accounting major Benjamin Spannan of Decatur, Ind. as Big Jule; graduate student and Forensic Entomology major Royce Cumming of King City, Calif. as Master of Ceremonies; senior Digital Media and Journalism major Matt Foy of Baltimore, MD. as the Drunk; senior Political Science major Stephen Nickel of Benton Harbor, Mich. as the Waiter; Kayla Shoaff, freshman Digital Media and Journalism major Brianna Velasco of Orange, Calif., sophomore Mathematics major Sarah Campbell of Fishers, Ind., junior Biology major Samantha Hoyt of East Dundee, Ill., and sophomore Elementary Education major Kayla Gustafson of Demotte, Ind. as Dancers; Stephen Nickel, Royce Cumming, Cam Adams, Dante Hardin, Nicholas Cossyleon, and senior History major Colt Morgan of Williamsport, Ind. as Gamblers; and sophomore English major Samantha Mitchell of Demotte, Ind. and sophomore Biology major Samantha Hittson of Lewisville, Ind. as Mission Girls.
“As most know, this may be the final show at SJC and if so, we will go out on a high note,” Associate Professor of Communications and Theatre Arts and Director John Rahe proclaimed. “This is a talented cast that has worked hard to make this show outstanding and we hope that you will come out to celebrate live theatre in Rensselaer with us. Student music director Amanda Evans is doing a good job teaching the music to the singers and the band and local student choreographer Allisandra Potts has come up with clever and fun dances to go with the strong musical talents of the cast. Guys and Dolls is suitable for the whole family, so come on out and enjoy the show.”
Please join the Columbian players for our production of the classic musical “Guys and Dolls.”
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