Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 5, 2015
SHS to play popular Broadway musical classic ‘Guys and Dolls’

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. 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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