Stansbury High School drama will top off the county’s trio of year-end rom-com musical productions with a long-awaited performance of “Guys and Dolls.”
Stansbury drama director Glen Carpenter said he’s had numerous requests for a production of the popular Broadway classic, which he said also happens to be one of his own favorites.
In “Guys and Dolls,” based on a combination of several short stories by Damon Runyon, notorious gambler Sky Masterson (Kyle Mickelsen) discovers an unlikely romance with Sarah Brown (Brenna Lemmon), a devout member of the band at Save-a-Soul Mission, when his friend and fellow gambler Nathan Detroit (Asher Neafsey) places a $1,000 bet that Sky won’t get Sarah to agree to an overnight date in Cuba.
Nathan, who needs the money to pay for a venue for his next game of craps, thinks he’s finally placed a bet Sky will never win — Sky’s initial attempt to woo Sarah ends with her slapping him in the face. Feeling good about his odds, Nathan hits the town to watch his fiancée of 14 years, Miss Adelaide (Isabel Handley) perform at the nightclub where she is employed.
Trouble brews on multiple fronts, “but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong,” Carpenter said.
The play opened on Broadway in 1950 and saw 1,200 performances on its initial run, Carpenter said. It is also critically acclaimed, with TONY, Drama Desk and Olivier awards to its name.
Stansbury High will open “Guys and Dolls” tonight at 7:30 p.m., with additional evening performances on May 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 and a 3 p.m. matinee on May 9. Tickets start at $4 and there is a $1.50 discount for seats reserved online at www.stalliondrama.org.