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Williamsport HS Music Department stages "Guys and Dolls"

Williamsport HS Music Department stages "Guys and Dolls"

WILLIAMSPORT — Beyond the group of gambling men and the women trying to save their souls, cast members of “Guys & Dolls” believe the true theme of the musical is love.

Williamsport High School Music Department presents the Tony Award-winning production 7:30 p.m. Fridays, April 21 and 28, Saturdays, April 22 and 29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the high school.

Lillian Johnson, 17, a junior, plays Sister Sarah Brown, whose mission is to save the souls of the sinners who are gambling. But in the end she ends up losing her heart to one of them. 

For Lillian, there are so many great qualities about her character. 

“She’s very confident in everything she does,” she said. “You only really see her break down once where other characters break down multiple times.”

Lillian said she was familiar with “Guys and Dolls” because “musicals are my thing,” but she said she didn’t know all the songs and said she’s having fun learning them. 

“What I love about this show that it’s basically a crazy show,” she said. “Last year, it was a bit serious at some points. This year at every point it’s crazy.”

Lillian said “Guys and Dolls” is a just a fun show.

“It has every single factor needed for a show,” she said. “You have the funny characters, the motherly characters. I think it’s stuck around because it has all these characters. And also it has a very serious point about love being all.”

Jake Foster, 16, a sophomore, plays Nathan Detriot, a gambler who runs the biggest floating crap game in New York.

“He’s sort of a caricature character,” he said. “He’s very big and very funny, and he’s exciting, and he has this wife who he has a messed up relationship with. He’s comic relief and I really have fun playing him.”

Jake said he too wasn’t at all familiar with the show, but did his research by watching the original 1955 film, then listened to the 1992 Broadway revival show. 

“I basically fell in love with it,” he said. 

Jake said he really enjoys the time period with the gangsters and gamblers. 

He said, though, what continually makes it popular is the storyline.

“The musical is about love,” he said. “It’s interesting. There’s two different sides of it. There’s this new couple, this really serious couple and this big, dynamic funny couple. I think it’s really a genuinely interesting and funny play. There’s just a lot to it. I like it and I just love the music.”

Alexis Hubbard, 18, a senior, plays Miss Adelaide. 

“She’s very bright and bubbly. She’s very over the top and dramatic,” she said. “But during act one, you see the bubbly side of her, but during act two she’s more depressed. It shows the different parts of females that not many people see. She’s sick and tired of boys pretty much. I just love her.”

Alexis said she wasn’t really familiar with the show but when she found out that Adelaide was an alto lead, she did her research. During her time finding out more about the show, Alexis found out how much she likes about the musical.

“There is so much about it. It’s a comedy, but then there’s also love,” she said. “And people can still relate to it nowadays.”

Love is timeless.

“It’s a story that never gets old — falling in love and guys doing anything they can for a girl,” she said. 

If you go ...

WHAT: Williamsport High School Music Department presents “Guys & Dolls”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, April 21 and 28, Saturdays, April 22 and 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23 
WHERE: Williamsport High School, 5 S. Clifton Drive, Williamsport
COST: $12; $8, students, seniors and military.
CONTACT: For tickets, call 301-766-8433 or email whsmusicaltix@gmail.com.

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