Tales of the endlessly fascinating New York City are pretty much irresistible.
Hence we’re excited that Guys and Dolls be hitting the boards for three performances at St. Ignatius Catholic School.
Director Mary Anne Kosa tells Weekender there are only three performances, on Thursday 15, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 March, so you’ll have to move fast to get a ticket.
“The idea for Guys and Dolls came from our music director, Simon Donoghue,” she says. “It’s a show he has always wanted to do and this year he had several talented young men who were interesting in performing in it. I’ve never directed it before, but it’s a show I’ve always loved with such a collection of characters.
“The students have been working since November and now that all parts – music, costumes, set, lights and sound – are coming together, excitement is in the air,” she says.
The title, Mary Anne adds, refers to the men and women who inhabited New York in the late forties.
“Everyone was on the hustle trying to make a living. Guys and Dolls is definitely another era,” she says. “Women’s rights were words never spoken. It is pure comedy and not to be taken very seriously from that point of view.”
There’s talent in the team, too. Mary Anne herself is an active member of Cayman Drama Society as actor, director and ‘jack of all trades’; she tells us that the kids are certainly going to bring a great performance to the show, which is based on a series of Damon Runyon short stories.
“We have a very talented group of student actors from the leads right on down to the smallest part,” she says. “Everyone’s putting their heart into it. It helps that the score is so wonderful with such classics as If I Were a Bell, Luck Be a Lady and more.
“Our leads playing missionary Sarah Brown and gambler Sky Masterson are Courtney Couch and Israel Hawkins,” she says. “Playing Miss Adelaide and Nathan Detroit are Veronique St. Cyr and Ronan Jennings and their song Sue Me will no doubt bring down the house as will Rejuan Henry’s character Nicely-Nicely’s Sit Down you’re Rocking the Boat.”
Performances begin at 7pm at Loyola Hall and audience members are advised to be seated by 6.50pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and available at the school hall. Refreshments will be available, For more information phone 949-9250.