Wellston High Drama Club To Present “Guys And Dolls, Jr.”

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A “bushel and a peck” of Wellston High School (WHS) students will be performing Guys and Dolls, Jr. on April 4, 5 and 6. The play is under the co-direction of Gretchen Crabtree and Samantha Denney.

Wellston City School Board Vice President Gretchen Crabtree, who also serves as the drama club co-director, stated at a recent board of education meeting that the high school’s spring play in coming up.

“This is the shortened version of Guys and Dolls,” explained Crabtree. “We are fortunate to have chosen this shortened version, as we have missed many rehearsals due to the weather this winter.”

Crabtree added, “This is your classic musical and the songs are wonderful. The kids are doing a great job with the songs. Choreography is always a challenge for our kids, as it’s out of their comfort zone, but they are working hard. This will be a fun show to watch.”

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, “Guys and Dolls, Jr.” follows Mission Army crusaders and high rollers from the streets of New York City to Havana and back again.

Nathan Detroit, portrayed by freshman Brandon Hinton, is permanently engaged to psychosomatic showgirl Miss Adelaide, played by Sarah Atwood. Nathan is being forced to fold the oldest established permanent floating craps game, unless he wins a bet from slick high roller Sky Masterson, portrayed by senior Justin Fain.

When Sky gambles that he can woo any doll, Nathan counters that Sky will not be able to convince an up right, but up-tight missionary named Sarah (Brooke Manring) to go to Havana with him. Sarah finds the rakish Sky very resistible at first, but eventually both Sky and Sarah teach each other a lesson on winning.

Jesse Baker, Chris Kinnamon and Keaton Black open the show with “Fugue for Tinhorns”. Adelaide (Atwood) and her Hot Box Chix dance their way through “A Bushel and a Peck.” Justin Fain is featured in “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.” The cast, featuring Baker, performs the showstopper “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat”.

In addition, to the play “Guys and Dolls, Jr.”, playgoers will be in for a treat before the show as well.

“It is like having a cartoon before the main feature,” explained Crabtree. “We have two senior girls, Molly McKinniss and Amber Moore, who have been performing with us for the past four years and they do not sing. These seniors will be performing a short one-act play entitled ‘Not my Cup of Tea’. This short play was first performed at WHS in 2000.”

Crabtree added, “We wanted to give them an opportunity to have a good role their senior year. WHS Junior Chris Kinnamon joins the senior girls in this production.”

The curtain rises Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on April 6, at 2 p.m. General admission seats are $5, while senior citizens and students are $3. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Brodigan’s on Ohio Avenue in Wellston.

A limited number of reserved seats are available; playgoers wishing to reserve seats can do so for $10 each at Brodigan’s.