HONESDALE—The Honesdale High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) flashes back to the 1940s this weekend with the Wayne Highlands Middle School rendition of “Guys and Dolls, Jr.”
Starting at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, the specially adapted musical features a bet between Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson for the fate of “Detroit's Oldest Established Permanent Floating Craps Game,” as explained in a PAC release.
The show takes audiences between Times Square and Havana as suave Masterson must win the heart of Sarah Brown – an upstanding Salvation Army missionary – to win his high-stakes bet.
The show features musical numbers such as “Luck be a Lady” and “Adelaide's Lament.”
Opening night will feature cast and crew receiving a signed certificate by representatives for the show's story writers Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows and music/lyric writer Frank Loesser.
Wayne Highlands Middle School cast includes: Nathan Detroit (Steve Vitale), Miss Adelaide (Rochelle Keast), Sky Masterson (Calvin Feustel), Sarah Brown (Maria Kannebecker), Grandmother Abernathy (Anna Dunsinger), Nicely-nicely Johnson (Seth Buckwalter), General Cartwright (Olivia Tagle), Penny Southstreet (Lexi Pinto), Rusty Charlie (Dominic Miller), Lt. Brannigan (Jackson Landers), Harry The Horse (Ethan Tackitt), Big Jule (Caleb Dodson), Lookout (Cheyenne Rickard), Mimi (Brianna Taninies), Agatha (Brooklyn Moody), Bertha (Amaya Hall), Calvin (Kayla Ammann), and Martha (Haylei Jones).
Company ensemble was comprised of: Angelica Dyer, Nicole Eldridge, Lucy Harrington, Elizabeth Hernandez, Skye Skinner, Zoey Sollers-Fagan, James Manoy, Karli Rowles, Alemina Selimovic, Hayley Mansfield, Anne Meagher, Hannah Merritt, Sawyer Palmer, Ava Slish, Olivia Slish, Brianna Taninies, Brooklyn Moody, Amaya Hall, Olivia Tagle, Alexis Batzel, Leanndra Bloxham, Rebecca Dadig, Kyra Fay, Lindsey Gannon, Cosette Gombita, Alison Green, Zoey Hessling, Savannah Hocking, Rachel Keesler, Shae Levanowitz, Jillian Penn, Isabella Ramirez, Madisyn Roegner, Kari Stiteler, Hailey Tyler, and Annabelle Wengler.
“At the middle school level, they're trying to learn the basics and who they are as an actor or actress,” stated show director Scott Miller.
The students have been hard at work since rehearsals began in September, overcoming hurdles such as stage fright and growing steadily as a “stage family.”
“We try to make it about establishing life-long friendships,” said Miller.
Attesting to the font of community support, Miller hopes the show will draw a decent crowd.
“It makes it exciting for the kids to see all the community support,” he said.
Aiding the production from behind the scenes are choreographer Jesse Perry; music directors Martha Curtis and Geri Spinosa; technical directiors Shawn Garing and Nick Slish; set designers Jason Smith and Brittany Cardona; costume designer Linda Zimmer; prop master Meredith Galinkski; and hair and makeup designer Linda Forlenza.
The production also includes upper-classmen student assistant directors Melody Feustel, Brooke Landers, Kallie Lazaro, and Alyssa Stumpo; assistant student choreographer Kayleigh Pugh; costumer Emily Roberts; and stage managers Justin Gombita and Kyle Castellano.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (62 and over), $5 for students, $4 for children (three to five years old) and complimentary for Red/Black pass members.
Tickets and information are available over the phone at 570-251-9831 or online at www.honesdalepac.com.