Guys and Dolls

YHS presents its Broadway version of iconic musical

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Yukon High School students rehearse the “Havana” scene in the musical “Guys and Dolls.” Performances are scheduled March 1-3 at the Fine Arts Center in Yukon. (Photo provided)

The combined Fine Art Departments of Yukon High School will be presenting the larger-than-life Broadway musical Guys and Dolls March 1-3 at the Yukon Fine Arts Center.

A full scale musical production is a yearly event for Yukon High School and this year involves 129 students in the cast, crew, and orchestra. Under the stage direction of Megan Poarch, these students have brought to life unforgettable characters full of imagination and energy. The classic Broadway singing and orchestration is brought to life with the guidance of Derek Chapin and Darnell Zook using student instrumentalists.

The set construction, props, and all technical aspects of the show were designed by Wes McAtee and Tony Travis and executed by students under their leadership. The cast, crew, and orchestra involves students in grades 8-12.

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers. Frequently revived, the show has been done with numerous all-star casts, including productions/concerts featuring Ewan McGregor, Jane Krakowski, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Jessica Biel.

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck.

Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result.

Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

Frank Loesser’s brassy, immortal score makes Guys and Dolls a crowd pleaser. The large cast features both a variety of ensemble and star roles. With a great collection of production resources from MTI, this highly producible show is a treat for audiences and performers of any age.

For more information and ticket pricing visit www.yukonps.com or Google Yukon High School Choir.