Falling in Love with AHS Class Act’s Rendition of Broadway Classic ‘Guys and Dolls’

May 24, 2019

 

by Doug Robinson

As the director’s notes state, “If you’ve never been in love before, we hope you fall in love with our show.”  For three shows this past weekend, the stage at Alvirne High School had been transformed into the busy New York, Times Square streets of the 1920s where AHS Class Act performed the timeless musical, “Guys and Dolls.”

In this depression-era setting, this musical play follows the comedic trials and tribulations of a couple of big-time city gamblers and of the women who fell in love with them.

Written in 1950, “Guys and Dolls” was originally cast with Frank Sinatra, who played gambler Nathan Detroit, and Marlon Brando, who played Sky Masterson.

Now, 70 years later, AHS Class Act thespians, Jake Apitz (Sky Masterson) and Jack Gasdia (Nathan Detroit), along with Emma Durand (Adelaide), Sophia Garas (the prude Sergeant Sara Brown, who runs a Salvation Army mission for sinners) as well as the entire cast and crew of Guys and Dolls, sang, danced, and “stayed true to the characters and original story,” explained Director Lauren Denis.

The overlapping stories involve Sky Masterson’s love for mission worker Sergeant Sarah Brown, and the loveable Nathan Detroit’s 14-year engagement to Miss Adelaide.  Detroit has a propensity to run “floating crap games” and, as the plot evolves, Detroit looks for a location for his next crap game. Adelaide has her own plans of getting Detroit to the altar.  Meanwhile, Masterson continues his efforts to court Ms. Brown for the use of her Mission’s Hall, but also for her love.

From Masterson’s ongoing courtship advances to Salvation Army Sergeant Sarah Garas, to the hilarious relationship between Nathan Detroit and Adelaide, the audience continually roared with laughter with the misadventures of the well-performing actors.

Class Act’s outstanding performance of Guys and Dolls offered everyone in attendance a wonderful night of entertainment and enjoyment as the audience belly laughed during the presentation.

“Shout outs go to Dance Concepts of Pelham for their dancing and performance support,” commented Denis.  “They are a big part of this production and we are very fortunate to have their expertise and help.  Also, we are very thankful for the wonderful talents of our Pit players and to all those who served behind the scenes.”