September 7, 2012

"Guys and Dolls" Press Release

ESU Theatre presents its 40th Homecoming Scholarship Musical
Guys and Dolls
Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
October 11-13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
October 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall

Guys and Dolls is based upon stories and characters created by
Manhattan, Kansas native Damon Runyon. Born into the family
of a newspaperman, Runyon was born in Kansas, raised in
Colorado and made his mark on the streets of Broadway in New
York City. Composer Frank Loesser brought Guys and Dolls to
Broadway in the middle of the Eisenhower years where it has
become one of the most treasured shows of Broadway's Golden
Age. Featuring a memorable score and equally memorable
characters, Guys and Dolls have been revived several times on
Broadway (most recently in 2009). It is also a celebrated MGM
musical that starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra as the high
rollers Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit.

Desperate to find money to pay for his floating crap game,
Nathan Detroit (Noah Mefford, Senior, Burlington) bets Sky
Masterson (Ethan Platt, Sophomore, Gardner) a thousand dollars
that Sky will not be able to take a local Salvation Army girl, Sarah
Brown (Cara Lohkamp, Senior, Wichita), to Cuba. While Sky
courts Sarah, Nathan battles with his fiancé of fourteen years,
Adelaide (Marah Melvin, Junior, Iola), while still trying to put
together his illegal crap game under the watchful eye of Lt.
Brannigan (Michael Stauffer, Senior, Newton). Other members of
the cast include Chandler Archer-McGinnis (Sophomore,
Topeka), Elise Blann (Senior, Newton), Nick Coyan (Freshman,
Lenexa), Logan Emig (Freshman, Chapman), Samaria Fleig
(Senior, Emporia), Crystal Foxworth (Junior, Junction City), Kylie
Geiman (Sophomore, Louisburg), Adam Helmer (Senior, Emporia),
Kayce Holoubek (Emporia), Brandon Jensen (Sophomore, Salina),
Sean McConville (Senior, Gardner), Mack Joseph Melvin (Junior,
Iola), Miranda Nation (Freshman, Winfield), Kevin Schultz (Junior,
Hesston), Kangwon Song (Senior, Busan, South Korea), Trinity
Standridge (Senior, Olathe), Andrew Walker (Senior, Wichita),
Jamarious Wicker (Junior, Atlanta, GA), and Andrew Wilson
(Freshman, Gresham, OR).

The musical is recommended for the entire family. Guys and
Dolls is under the direction of Jim Bartruff with choreography by
Lindy Bartruff. Music direction is by Penny Speedie. The
designers are Nancy Pontius (sets), Susan Mai (costumes), and
Ron Fowlkes (lights) and Indy Dambro (sound). The Production
Stage Manager is Mike Koetkemeyer (Senior) from Salina. The
Assistant Stage Manager is Danielle Roberts (Senior) from

Performances for Guys and Dolls are Thursday, October 11
through Saturday, October 13, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, October
14 at 2:30 pm, in the Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall at Emporia
State University. Tickets are available at the University Box Office
or by calling 620-341-6378. Proceeds from the annual
homecoming musical support scholarships.

For additional information:
Jim Bartruff
Director of Theatre

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