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WKU departments to present ‘Guys and Dolls’ April 1-3

“He’s Only Doing It for Some Doll.” So describes the behavior of the “Guys” in Frank Loesser’s classic musical Guys and Dolls.

This joint production of WKU’s Departments of Music and Theatre & Dance is based on Damon Runyon’s stories of New York gamblers in the ’40s and will be presented April 1-3 at Van Meter Hall.

The stars of WKU's production of "Guys and Dolls" are (from left) Aaron Schilling as Nathan Detroit, Shalyn Grow as Miss Adelaide, Abby Kohake as Sister Sarah Brown and Justin Miller as Sky Masterson. The show will be presented April 1-3 at Van Meter Hall.

The stars of WKU’s production of Guys and Dolls are (from left) Aaron Schilling as Nathan Detroit, Shalyn Grow as Miss Adelaide, Abby Kohake as Sister Sarah Brown and Justin Miller as Sky Masterson. The show will be presented April 1-3 at Van Meter Hall.

The show was a great success on Broadway in 1950 and has been performed all around the world. In 1955 it was made into a movie starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.

Brando’s character Sky Masterson, played in this production by WKU junior Justin Miller, is a high roller who will bet on anything. It is through a bet that he becomes entangled with straight-laced Sister Sarah Brown of the Save a Soul Mission.

Abby Kohake, a WKU senior from Florence, plays Sarah and admires the way her character approaches life. “Sarah walks by faith and follows the straight and narrow, but she’s got a lot of fight in her,” Kohake said.

The other main relationship of the show concerns Nathan Detroit, one of the gamblers (played in the movie by Frank Sinatra) and Miss Adelaide, a dancer at the Hot Box nightclub, who have been engaged for 14 long years. Miss Adelaide, played by Shalyn Grow, a WKU junior from Jasper, Indiana, has been unsuccessful in getting Nathan to marry her. Nathan is happy with things the way they are and resists Adelaide’s attempts to tie him down.

GuysDolls Social Media“Nathan is kind hearted, but he is very much stuck in the past and has trouble dealing with change,” said Aaron Schilling, a WKU sophomore from Crescent Springs, who plays Nathan. “Which is why he has trouble prioritizing between his less than reputable work and his fiancée, Adelaide, who he does truly love despite the unconventional way that he shows it.”

This co-production showcases the talents of more than 100 students, including those on stage, those behind the scenes, and those playing in the orchestra. Featuring dazzling dancing and fantastic singing, you’re sure to be entertained by this delightful musical.

Guys and Dolls, will be presented at 8 p.m. April 1-2 and 3 p.m. April 3 at Van Meter Hall. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at wku.showare.com or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at (270) 745-3121.

Playing gamblers in Guys and Dolls are (from left) Evan Kerr, Colin Waters and Mason Stevens.

Playing gamblers in Guys and Dolls are (from left) Evan Kerr, Colin Waters and Mason Stevens.

Cast members include Kelby Auten, a junior from Louisville; Lauren Bryan, a senior from Bardstown; Tyler Chandler, a junior from Louisville; Colby Clark, a freshman from Bowling Green; Samantha Conradi, a freshman from Hebron; Matthew Dant, a freshman from Louisville; Taylor Dant, a senior from Louisville; Brooke Eden, a sophomore from Fort Mitchell; Trevor Edwards, a sophomore from Glasgow; Ellen Emerson, a junior from Louisville; Lane French, a junior from Harrodsburg; Shalyn Grow, a junior from Jasper, Indiana; Jackson Heinze, a freshman from Bowling Green; Asya Hildenbrand, a sophomore from Jasper, Indiana; Josiah Howlett, a sophomore from Lexington; Conner Keef, a freshman from Maysville; Evan Kerr, a sophomore from Mt. Washington; Abby Kohake, a senior from Florence; Kayleigh LaGrutta, a sophomore from Livermore, California; Micah Landers, a sophomore from Sellersburg, Indiana; Abbey Lutts, a freshman from Knoxville, Tennessee; Hunter Mayfield, a freshman from Louisville; Hannah McCarthy, a sophomore from Nashville, Tennessee; Justin Miller, a junior from Owensboro; Olivia Mitchell, a sophomore from Bowling Green; Haley Moore, a junior from Louisville; Riley Morrissey, a sophomore from Louisville; Matthew Nelson, a sophomore from Elizabethtown; Deanna Oglesby, a sophomore from Greenville; Hope Pauly, a sophomore from Villa Hills; Gabriel Pless, a sophomore from Brentwood, Tennessee; Alexander Reeves, a sophomore from Louisville; Hadley Rouse, a junior from Owensboro; Aaron Schilling, a sophomore from Crescent Springs; Sabrina Sieg, a sophomore from Louisville; Mason Stevens, a sophomore from Somerset; Reagan Stovenour, a sophomore from Nashville; Bernadette Turnage, a sophomore from Nashville; Bo Vaughn, a senior from Nashville, Tennessee; Colin Waters, a sophomore from Florence; Sean Whittinghill, a freshman from Caneyville; and Anna Wilson, a sophomore from Lexington.

Students assisting the faculty on the creative team are Colin Evans, lighting designer, a senior from Louisville; and Patrick MacDonald, sound designer, a senior from Louisville.

Students performing in the orchestra include Ashley Brown, a senior from Bowling Green; Jamey Buchanan, a senior from Glasgow; Liz Cornwell, a junior from Louisville; Joey Cummings, a junior from Madisonville; Anna Darling, a freshman from Carbondale, Illinois; Desirée Delogé, a sophomore from Bowling Green; Daniel Finch, a senior from Crestwood; Dylan Glass, a freshman from Owensboro; Andrea Gray, a junior from Hopkinsville; Joe Hamilton, a junior from Owensboro; Grace Kim, a freshman from Fort Worth, Texas; Joseph Powers, a senior from Owensboro; Josh Propst, a junior from Bowling Green; Cameron Richards, a freshman from Bowling Green; Carly Shoulders, a freshman from Bowling Green; Christina Sohn, a junior from Louisville; Jacob Sturgeon, a graduate student from Cave City; Forrest Yankey, a senior from Greenville, Indiana; and Liz Ward, a senior from San Antonio, Texas.

Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560

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