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February 10, 2010

Get a glimpse of New York in '50s with 'Guys and Dolls' at Edgewood

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — The house lights go down and the curtain goes up. The opening music of a live pit orchestra begins to sound, and one is suddenly whisked away to the hustle of New York City, circa early 1950s, with Edgewood’s spring musical production of “Guys and Dolls.”

The cast, crew and pit band have been rehearsing their hearts out, under the management of directors Bill and Mary Ann Kline; musical director Nora Giangola; pit band director, Nila Maurer; and choreographer, Kim Godfrey.

“Guys and Dolls” is set in New York City in the early 1950’s and follows the antics of a gang of gamblers and their search for a location for their floating crap game. Furthermore, leader of the group, Nathan Detroit, attempts to hide his “hobby” from his fiancé of 14 years, leading Hot Box dancer, Miss Adelaide. At the same time, high-roller, Sky Masterson, is pursuing a love interest in missionary Sarah Brown.

The four leads, Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Miss Adelaide and Sarah Brown are played by junior Zach Adkins, senior Sam Wyand, senior Emily Stolfer and sophomore Emily Kline, respectively. Moreover, all of these talented actors performed in last year’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Like “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Guys and Dolls” will feature a live pit band to accompany popular numbers from the show, including, “Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

The show is set to run the last weekend in February with curtain calls at 8 p.m. on Feb. 26 and 27. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets will be on sale at the door.

“I know that our cast will provide a very entertaining production. The cast and the band have been rehearsing nightly. Costumes and scenery production are under way. It’s going to be a fabulous show!” said director Mary Ann Kline.

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