Story by: Emily Park
The William Chrisman Thespians kicked off the 2013-2014 school year with auditions for the annual fall musical production.
This year’s musical production will be Guys and Dolls.
“[In comparison to previous years] this musical is definitely much better,” said senior David Sampson who plays Sky Masterson. “[There’s] a lot more music with more showy tunes. It’s more like a Broadway show where in the past we’ve done fairy tales, it will be a lot more fun and it’s perfect for my senior year.”
Auditions for Guys and Dolls were held in early September.
“We had to read a piece and sing a song,” said senior Michael Tonga who was cast as Nathan Detroit. “I sang ‘For the Longest Time’ and then we had call backs and sang songs from the musical and had more reading.”
Junior Dakota Kinslow was cast as Nicely Nicely Johnson and worked hard for his audition.
“I practiced for two weeks singing ‘Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat’ from Guys and Dolls and working on my pitch,” said Kinslow.
Sister Sarah Brown will be played by sophomore Claire Cook.
“I went through a lot of songs and tried to see which one sounded the best, I was so excited to get the part,” said Cook.
The musical premiers on November 7th running through November 9th and with a little over a month to go, the chosen cast (see cast list below) is working as hard as they can to make this musical the best it can be.
“I’m looking at lines and practicing dancing, it’s pretty exciting,” said junior Allie Weston who plays Mimi a hot box performer.
The cast has gotten through blocking but still needs to finish memorizing lines, learn choreography, work with the pit orchestra, and finish making the set.
“I think this show is going to be really exciting,” said Tonga. “There’s a scene that could be really good but it could also be really crappy, but I think it’s going to be good, so come and watch.”
The cast wants everyone to come and see the show.
“Be there or be square,” said cast member David Sampson.
Guys and Dolls Cast
Sky = David Sampson Sarah = Claire Cook
Nathan = Michael Tonga Adelaide = Malia Shelton
Nicely = Dakota Kinslow Benny = Tristen Wrinkle
Rusty = Ian Cobern Harry the Horse = Jordan Ray
Angie the Ox = Gary Fortman Big Jule = Spencer Long
Society Max = Devin McGilllihan Arvide = Nick Ferrell
Calvin = Nathan Carvito Agatha = Samantha Chance
Martha = Katie Cavanaugh Gen.Cartwright = Britany Hanks
Lt. Brannigan = Jesse Ewart
Mimi = Allie Weston, chorus girl in Scene 1, Havana Dancer
Allison = Shelby Bell, chorus girl in Scene 1, Havana Dancer
Ferguson = Alex Stutzman, chorus girl in Scene 1, Havana Dancer
Vernon = Adriana Tonga, chorus girl in Scene 1, Havana Dancer
Hot Box performers =
Melody Burns, Texan’s wife in scene 1
Rachel Gonzalez, Bobbie Soxer in scene 1
Amanda Hattem, Street Walker in scene 1, Havana Dancer
Lexie Ingram, Bobbie Soxer in scene 1
Rachel Ketchum, Bobbie Soxer in scene 1
Alexis Lorenz, Bobbie Soxer in scene
Jessica Lorenz, Street walker in scene 1
Sarah Myers, Street walker in scene 1
Izabella Scott, Street walker in scene 1
Juan Banda: Havana Dancer, Sightseer
Will Gerow: Hot Box customer, Male paper doll vendor
AJ Gibson: Havana Dancer, Prize Fighter
Kevin Kendall: Waiter at Hot Box, NY Policeman, Havana Dancer
Ben Kettlewell: Hot Box customer, Pickpocket
Tim Paxton: Hot Box customer, Sightseer
Branden Smith: Hot Box customer, Sightseer
Austin Twenter: Prize fighter’s manager
Ryan Thompson: Joey Biltmore voice over Hotbox customer, Texan, Havana Dancer
Aaron Upton: Havana Dancer, Actor
Angel Edwards: Hot Box customer, Actress
Kelsey Newland: Hot Box customer, Elderly woman street vendor, drunk
Bailey Pierce: Hotbox MC, “Blind” person
Lauren Shirley: Hot Box customer, Photographer
Stage Managers =
Robyn Mitchell, Allison Gibson & Alexis Snell