C.W. Perry set to put on Guys and Dolls
Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 06:00 am
In a change from previous years’ performances, C.W. Perry School will be putting on a production of the Broadway classic Guys and Dolls Feb. 1 and 2.
In prior years, the school’s annual musical performances have been more easy going pieces, but this year musical director Tiffany Stonewall said the school wanted to challenge its students and went for the iconic play where love conquers all and people aren’t all that different from one another.
“For the past three years we’ve been doing fairy tales and we thought Guys and Dolls would challenge the students and give them more of a repertoire to work with,” Stonewall said.
She added she wasn’t worried the students wouldn’t be able to relate to the story and said she and the other directors sat down with the kids to explain how the play would challenge them.
One of the students who stepped out of his comfort zone was Damian Wolf, who will play the part of Sky Masterson.
Wolf had previously played the roles of Donkey in Shrek and the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, showing a bit more of a comical aspect to his acting. Now he will step into a more serious and mature role as Sky.
“Even the aspect of falling in love and all the different emotions I have to portray is quite different from my other (roles),” Wolf said. “It’s taken a lot of practice, thinking and playing around on and off stage to really figure out how my version of the character brings a unique aspect to the show.”
By having students between the ages of 10 and 14 involved with the production, Stonewall said she knew some of the kids may not have known of Guys and Dolls, but that wasn’t the case for Amy Singh, who plays Sister Arvide.
“When I was younger, I watched (Guys and Dolls), and now that we’re actually performing it, it is amazing,” Singh said. “It has a lot of great songs and a great storyline.”
Behind the scenes students play just as integral a role as the actors on stage. Stage manager Katie Kennedy has been tasked with organizing and running the play’s production as well as having her crew make sure the show goes on without a hitch.
“There has been quite a bit of pressure, but the directors have made it easier,” Kennedy said. “They help us whenever we need help. But the cues are a little bit much, we have over 400 cues that we call, including our standbys.”
Stonewall said with the excitement around a classic such as Guys and Dolls, she is hoping to continue doing Broadway classics to challenge future students.
The production runs Feb. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. at C.W. Perry School with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 each or $5 for children 13 years old and younger. Tickets can also be purchased in advance by contacting Heather Nikkel at firstname.lastname@example.org