Students at Western Wayne High School have been getting ready for their spring musical and are excited to show off their hard work.
-Students at Western Wayne High School have been getting ready for their spring musical and are excited to show off their hard work.
“Guys and Dolls” will be performed on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors and students are free with student ID.
About the play
“Guys and Dolls” is a musical fable of Broadway based on the story and characters by Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.
It is adopted from a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.
“It's set in New York City with two main groups,” said Jessica McLaughlin, director of choreography. “There's the mission group that is trying to save the souls of all the criminals, gamblers and crooks in the city.
“A group of gamblers mean well, but get themselves into trouble. It's all about the escapades about two main couples in the show.”
Those couples are Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown and Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide.
She added there are hot box dancers who do two tap numbers during the play. There's also a scene where they are in Havana, Cuba and a group is featured doing the salsa.
“It's a romantic comedy between gambling missionaries trying to save souls in mythical New York City,” said Lopatofsky. “The audience will be thoroughly entertained with a great story of guys and dolls. There will be a great amount of laughter.”
This is his fourth year directing the musical at the high school.
Lopatofsky added there are around 37 cast members. Auditions took place in November and rehearsals started in January.
The main characters are as follows: Sean Batzel, Nicely-Nicely Johnson; Alex Marchena, Benny Southstreet; Brandon Lamberton, Rusty Charlie; Britney Antidormi, Sarah Brown; Mollie Bayly, Arvida Abernathy; Kaitlyn Good, Agatha; Christian Buckingham, Calvin; Tracey Schroder, Martha; Jason Sabotka, Harry the Horse; Jessica Ujobai, Lt. Brannigan; William Rennekamp, Nathan Detroit; Jason Malone, Angie the Ox; Kellyn Kemmerer, Miss Adelaide; Mike Carrasquillo, Sky Masterson; Tyler Butler, Joey Biltmore; and Rebecca Piccolo, Mimi.
Lopatofsky would also like to recognize these seniors for their support and help prior to the show: Samantha Burge, Tanya Burns, Lyndsey Enslin, Isabella Esposito, Paige Fratamico, Jacquelyn Griffiths, Brandon Lepkowski and Sara Podunajec.
Putting it together
“The students are doing really well despite the limited time we've had [for rehearsals] due to bad weather,” said Sandrowicz.
The cast practices from 3-5:30 p.m. most nights and the week of the show they will practice until 8 p.m.
“The cast is really diverse and involved,” Sandrowicz added. “They're all able to do a lot of different things. It gives a nice variety.”
They added there's a lot of work that takes place to put on the play.
“The stage crew helped create and paint the set,” said McLaughlin. “Some stayed after school to do more. Everything was done by students and they are overseen by Mr. Lopatofsky.”
The pit orchestra is also predominately students and they hired out “very few people.”
“It's mostly student driven, which I found to be kind of unusual,” McLaughlin said.
She added a lot of plays mostly hire out when it comes to pit orchestras.
“The students are doing a really great job,” stated Lopatofsky.