Island Senior High School Music
Ransom Road, Grand Island, New York
The Grand Island Senior High School Music Department
invites all to see the sights of old Broadway as they bring Frank Loesser’s
classic musical Guys and Dolls to the Grand Island stage.
Auditions are complete and rehearsals of this well-known favorite are in
full swing in anticipation of the production running Thursday, Friday and
Saturday - February 5, 6, and 7.
Guys and Dolls traces the lives of Nathan Detroit, (Adam
Salemi) ne’er-do-well small time gambler, and his fiancée of fourteen
years Adelaide (Mary Beth Lacki). Nathan
desperate to finance a location for his casino on wheels bets Sky Masterson (Andy
Boron) that he will not be able to convince a local Salvation Army worker,
Sarah, (Lillian Choi) to go out on a date with him.
Sarah’s mission is floundering but with the help of Sky, enough sinners
are rounded up to keep the mission afloat.
The cast is rounded out by
a cast of New York’s best known gamblers Nicely Nicely, (Pat
Gannon), Benny Southstreet, (Jim
Wright), Rusty Charlie, (James Czora),
Big Jule, (Nathan Jayme), Harry The
Horse (Hank Belding), Angie the Ox (Kyle
Doyle), Society Max, (Vincent Covatto),
and shameless gamblers (Erich Burchfield,
Casey Dahlstrom, Sean Driscoll, James Pici, Forrest Smith, Nick Thompson, Donald
Turner, Jim Wetherston and Zach Zarbo). Ready to help save their souls is a
cast of mission workers Arvide,(Brian Choi),
Agatha, (Mary Kucharczak), Brother
Calvin, (Alex Marien), Martha, (Ashley
Ruckinger), and General Maltilda B. Cartwright (Emily
Pici). Lt. Brannigan, (Rob
Sugar), of the New York City Police force, has all he can do to keep his
beat crime free. The 2004 featured dancers are Adelaide’s Hot Box Girls played
by Lindsay Fetzer, Amanda George, Allie
McLean, Shannon O’Brien, and Yasmin Raza
A second Dance team set up in Cuba includes Melissa
Affuso, Carissa Bailey, Arielle
Blanton, Coleen George, Erin Hanel, Kari Tondera, Nicole Koerntgen, Chantelle
LeFevre, Frederica Leitlein, Julie Pangborn, Noelle Pietras, Tracey Schmidt and
Cassie Ungaro. An additional
chorus of thirty seven students will entertain the audience with the hallmark
production number of the show “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat”.
Other familiar songs from the show include “Luck Be A Lady”,
“Adelaide’s Lament”, “If I Were a Bell” and “I’ll Know”.
The curtain time for all three performances is 7:30. General admission tickets may be purchased in advance for $7 from all cast members or by placing your ticket order by phone 773-8868.