The past few years, the spring musicals have been phenomenal, and this year will be no different with “Guys and Dolls.” The 1950 production has won numerous awards, from Tonys to Oliviers, and it is bound to be a crowd-pleaser in our school, as well.
Some familiar faces return in this year’s production, such as Xavier Prince (’18), who starred as Willy Wonka in last year’s musical, Miina Tarjamo (’18), known for her role as Veruca Salt in “Willy Wonka.” As well, there is Robby Munroe (’17), who was Rapunzel’s Prince in “Into the Woods” and Mr. Bucket in “Willy Wonka,” and Arianna Howard (’17), who played Baker’s Wife in “Into the Woods” and Mrs. Bucket in “Willy Wonka.” These four will be playing, in order, Nathan Detroit, Miss Adelaide, Sky Masterson, and Sarah Brown.
One of the interesting things about “Guys and Dolls,” however, is that its leading roles are not the only stars of the show. The “Hot Box Dancers” and the many Crapshooters steal the limelight in their own way with witty one-liners and incredible dance routines. There isn’t a dull moment in this show, and there’s something that will appeal to absolutely everyone.
“I love the energy of the show!” says Tarjamo. “Everyone’s characters are really fantastic and they all work to put on a high energy and exciting musical.” When asked what she liked about the show, she replied, “The show altogether is fantastic! There’s comedy and action, a love story, catchy songs, and awesome choreography for the dances. I’m really hoping that the audience will love all of it, because everyone involved has been working extremely hard to put it all together.” Tarjamo then went on to talk about her favorite song in the musical, “Marry the Man Today.” “It gives a hilarious message and it’s super energetic. I love being able to work with Arianna on the song – her voice and expression in everything is so awesome, I’m so glad to have this song with her!”
The man behind Sky Masterson, Robby Munroe, also discussed the best aspects of the show. “I enjoy the fact that I get to work with so many talented and loving people,” he confessed. “That the director is someone with experience and an absolute passion in not only the performance, but in his actors. So many great things come together to form a show, but nothing beats that anxious feeling on the night of the first show.” He also talked about what he think audiences will enjoy. “I think that the audience will like all of the brilliant ensemble pieces. A plethora of actors have come together to pull off some great dance pieces that are truly enjoyable to watch.” Like Tarjamo, Munroe’s favorite song is full of energy. “My favorite song would most definitely have to be “Luck Be A Lady” because it’s one of the most energetic songs in the musical and because it’s one of the great ensemble pieces that I mentioned earlier.” Munroe finished by explaining the big picture of “Guys & Dolls.” “For me, the moral of the story is, no matter what the circumstance is, love can sprout from any place, no matter the intention. It’s kind of like the flower growing through the cracks in concrete. Love can overcome anything, even if that love spawned from a lousy little bet.”
“Guys & Dolls” is a show that any audience will love, and the students have put in an incredible amount of work to make this show perfect. It runs through April 6-8th, so clear your schedules now!