One of the most popular musical comedies, Guys and Dolls will be hitting the live stage in Mason this September, presented by Acting Up -Young Performer’s Community Theater. Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including TONY Awards, Drama Desks, and Olivers. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy filled with singing, dancing and 1920’s hijinks.
Loveland High School students, Dean Parker, Margaret Eilert, Brighton Hummer, Abby Hickey, Kaylee Michael, Cole Hankins, and Rachel Ingal are in the musical as well as Joanna Reese who attends Loveland Middle School.
Featuring memorable songs such as “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat,” you are sure to leave the theater dancing and humming. The story is about gambler Nathan Detroit who tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown.Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.
Acting Up’s version of Guys and Dolls will feature a cast of approximately 70 talented youngsters ages 10 to 18, hailing from all over the Cincinnati-area. The director is Erin Wallace. The cast features CJ Allen (of Indian Hill) as Sky Masterson, Danielle Morey (of Mason) as Sarah Brown, Cole Hankins (of Loveland) as Nathan Detroit and Kayla Stroud (of Mason) as Adelaide.
Acting Up is an all-volunteer, young performer’s community theater which strives to bring high-quality, polished theatrical productions to the northwest suburbs. They stress family involvement and working with the community to provide an enjoyable, educational, and enriching experience for all. Acting Up is a member of ACT Cincinnati and just won 32 Orchid awards at the Association of Community Theatre awards in June 27 including Overall Technical Quality, Overall Performance Quality, Excellence in Dance Execution, and Excellence in Chorus, Choreography and Ensemble.
Acting Up will present four shows of Guys and Dolls on September 25, 26, 27, at the Mason High School Theater, 6100 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040. Performances will be Friday, September 25 at 7:00 pm; Saturday, September 26 at 2 pm. (sign language interpreter will be provided), and 7:00 pm; and Sunday, September 27 at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 each and it is general seating. However, all tickets sold before Labor Day are for the special VIP seating section. You can purchase your tickets online atwww.ActingUp.com or at the box office starting one hour before the show. For more information, visit www.ActingUp.com or call 513-494-6062.