‘Guys and Dolls’ Opening April 5 at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 18, 2005 — The classic musical by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows, “Guys & Dolls,” will be performed at Southeast Missouri State University’s Forrest H. Rose Theatre April 5-10.

Called “the perfect musical comedy” and the “quintessential Broadway musical,” “Guys & Dolls” vividly describes the Broadway of the early 1950s, inhabited by compulsive gamblers, nightclub performers and Salvation Army members on a mission to cure the sins of the Times Square population.

Nathan Detroit (played by Andrew Tebo of Wentzville, Mo.), the organizer of the oldest permanent floating crap game in New York, desperate to fund the location of his next game, bets gambler Sky Masterson (played by Nicholas Cutelli of Des Peres, Mo.) that he can’t win the affection of the upright but uptight mission worker Sarah Brown (played by Amanda Eades of Scott City, Mo.), out to reform the evildoers in the area.  In the meantime, Miss Adelaide (played by Jessica Miller of Edwardsville, Ill.), a hypochondriacal nightclub dancer, is scheming to get Nathan, her fiancé of 14 years, to marry her.  Set to a backdrop of one of the most famous musical scores in Broadway history, the resulting comedic confusion comes alive with song and dance, sure to delight audience members of all ages.

A true collaboration between the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music, “Guys & Dolls” is directed by Dr. Kenn Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, with musical and orchestral direction by Chris Goeke, associate professor of music.  Leslie Jones, assistant professor of music, is the vocal director, and the guest artist, Judith Farris, a New York City vocalist and voice teacher and a Southeast alumna, will provide the cast with vocal coaching.  The production is choreographed by Kari Schroeder, and the set is designed by guest scenic designer Chris Pickart from Washington University.

“Guys & Dolls” will be performed at 8 p.m. April 5-9 and at 2 p.m. April 10. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $14 for faculty, staff, and senior citizens, and $13 for students.  Discounts are available in advance only — all seats will be $15 on the night of performances. This show will sell out, so call the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265 to order tickets or stop by the lobby of the Rose Theatre.