CTL bringing ‘Guys and Dolls’ to stage

Anyone looking for an illegal floating crap game and a fun-filled musical fable should check out “Guys and Dolls” at the Community Theatre League.

The last Mainstage musical of the 2018-19 season, “Guys and Dolls” has 7:30 p.m. performances on June 21-22, 27-29, with a 2 p.m. matinee on June 30 at the Community Theatre, 100 West Third St.

Frank Loesser’s musical is a sure bet to amuse and entertain, as “Guys and Dolls” follows two high rollers and the long-suffering “dolls” who can’t help falling for them.

The two big betters are Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson. Detroit is desperate to find a spot in the hustle and bustle of New York to set up his dice game. He also has to figure out how to put off his marriage to Miss Adelaide, his finance for the past 14 years.

Masterson, who will bet on anything, has his eye on Miss Sarah Brown of the Save-A-Soul Mission. Despite the unlikelihood of succeeding, if Masterson can whisk the straight-laced Sarah away to a dinner in Havana, he will win a bet with Detroit. Needless to say, a few things go awry.

Heading CTL’s cast of seemingly mismatched couples are Tim Hippensteel (as Nathan) and Desirae Mausteller (as Miss Adelaide); along with Ryan Workman (as Sky) and Katie Conklin (as Sarah Brown).

The cast also includes several small-time gamblers and big-time dreamers, like Andrew Druckenmiller, Ian Harris, Declan Jones, Treon Evans and Jason Hepler.

Looking to protect Sarah and the Save-A-Soul Mission is Chris Dailey as Arvide Abernathy. Bernadette Haas Jones plays General Cartwright, ready to shut down the floundering Times Square mission.

The Hot Box girls include Jaycie Neubauer, Shanice Brown, Larisa West, Ellen McCormick and Katelyn Loss.

The ensemble also features Kyle Huggins, Evelyn Griffith, and crap shooters Connor Hill and Devon Dennis.

“Guys and Dolls” also has newcomers heading the production staff with Bradley M. Dennis as director, and Amanda Coughenour as music director. Veteran Bob Jones choreographs the show.

The snappy score includes a variety of familiar show tunes including “Adelaide’s Lament,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Sit Down, You’re Rocking’ the Boat” and “Luck Be a Lady.”

The hi-jinks of these lovable low-lifes are based upon the characters of Damon Runyon, with the action ranging from the exotic lounges of Havana to the sewers of New York City.

“Guys and Dolls “ brings this funny fable and all its colorful characters to life on the CTL stage with a wink of the eye, and an entertaining mix of songs, dances and delightful dialogue.

For more information, call 570-327-1777 or visit ctlshows.com/guysanddolls.

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