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Sit down “Guys and Dolls” is rockin’ the boat

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The R.J. Reynolds Spring musical “Guys and Dolls” is the epic unexpected love story between Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown set in depression-era New York. The show will run from March 14 through March 16 in the Reynolds Auditorium at 7 pm (on the 14 and 15) and 2 pm on the 16.

“Guys and Dolls” is a different show than some RJR has done in the past because of its roots in the beginning of classic American musicals.

“‘Guys and Dolls’ will be unique in that it’s been more than a few years since RJR has done a show from the true Golden Age of American Musical Theatre,” theatre teacher Nick Zayas said. “I think shows like ‘Guys and Dolls’ have stood the test of time because they are just about plain, good storytelling with great characters. It’s classic American entertainment.”

Some of the students in the production with main roles are Steele Howell (Nathan Detroit), M Nottke (Adelaide), Isabella Ellis (Sarah Brown) and Conner Raposa (Sky Masterson).

Sophomore Isabella Ellis is excited to portray Sarah Brown’s progression throughout the show.

She starts as a very uptight and stubborn character, but eventually learns to adjust her attitude,” Ellis said. “It is challenging to figure out how to clearly exhibit her growth throughout the story, but it’s a good learning experience, as well as an enjoyable one.”

“Guys and Dolls” is also iconic because of its soundtrack.

“‘Guys and Dolls’ has such great, character driven songs,” Zayas said. “They really flesh out the idiosyncrasies of what, in my opinion, have to be some of the most fun roles to play, see and hear in classic musical theatre canon.”

RJR is known for its incredible past productions including “Les Misérables” and “The Drowsy Chaperone” from the past couple of years.

I am most excited to be able to perform with my amazing and talented castmates,” Ellis said. “We are fortunate that we are given the opportunity to get to know each other during the process, especially during the actual performances. It always ends up being a really fun experience.”

Zayas is also excited to work with such incredible students for his first musical production at Reynolds.  

I am most looking forward to collaborating with a great team of artists, student-artists and professional colleagues to make this a memorable event for the students and audiences of all ages,” Zayas said.

The plot of “Guys and Dolls” takes the audience on a journey full of comedy and drama.

“My favorite part about this show is the amount of variety in it, both in the music and the scenes,” Ellis said. “It has a really good contrast of comedic moments with dramatic moments, and ultimately it all meshes together to form a very entertaining production.”

As the RJR production of “Guys and Dolls” is approaching RJR students and staff need to make sure to put in on their calendar. For those who have seen Reynolds musicals you know they are like no other so be sure to go watch the show.

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  1. Ann Cook on March 11th, 2019 4:27 pm

    This was such a good article. I wish I could share it on Facebook so that more people could come and watch this Musical. We need more programs like this in our public schools. We need the arts. I attended Les Miserables and was very impressed. The students did an amazing job

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