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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Guys and Dolls (by Stephanie Class)

One of Broadway’s most beloved musicals will be hitting the stage at Highlands High School. Guys and Dolls brings the Big Apple to town from March 22-25. “Set in New York City in the mid-20th century, the romantic and funny Guys and Dolls is populated with gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls and showgirls, and one of the greatest musical scores in the history of American theatre,” describes the Highlands High School website.

Jason Burgess, Highlands’ theatre director, has been leading the cast through rehearsals for the last seven to eight weeks. His passion for the school’s theater department is clearly seen through his excitement for the musical and his hands-on approach to the show. When I spoke with him recently at the Performing Arts Center, he was perched upon a ladder painting a set piece. Speaking of the show’s set pieces, they are very impressive and will undoubtedly add to the overall enjoyment of the show.

Along with a talented cast of performers, the show relies on students to serve as crew members. The backstage crew and technical crew are entirely comprised of high school students, and make sure the show runs smoothly.

Take some time this week and support some outstanding local talent by attending a performance of Guys and Dolls. Tickets cost $8 for students and $10 for adults. You can purchase your tickets online or at the door prior to showtime. Also, you can check out the Highlands Theatre site to catch a sneak peek at the show thanks to a collection of trailers posted to the site.

You can catch a performance of Guys and Dolls on the following days:

Thursday, March 22 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 23 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 25 at 2pm

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