By Alex Armstrong
Photos by Suellen Swaney
Year after year, CG theatre and Kathleen Kersey produce new and improved plays and musicals, and according to Kersey, this year is a stand out.
“Guys and Dolls” takes place in New York during the mid 1940’s, when gambling and gangs were at their peak. The plot is about a prestigious gambler, Sky Masterson, who falls in love with a church mission leader as the result of a bet. The following ride is entertaining and very comedic, as Sky does a number of things to win his new doll over.
Kersey spoke very highly about her cast and their work ethic, and also greatness of the play itself.
“It’s a fun show to do, and I’m pretty sure everyone is having a good time,” Kersey said.
According to Kersey, this year’s cast is very close knit and the result on stage is already amazing.
When it comes to play production, Kersey is a seasoned veteran. She’s directed over a hundred, by her guess, but something makes this year unique.
“This is the most focused group of students I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve done a lot of them,” Kersey said.
The cast includes Olivia Buck, Taylor Ward, Adrianna Goss and Eli Robinson as the leads and will also feature Jared Norman, Alex Brickens and Nick Pearson.
“Our leads this year are great, they’re doing a good job putting it all together,” said Kersey.
Taylor Ward plays Nathan Detroit, a love-stricken gambler who’s been engaged for 14 years to his lovely Adelaide.
“This has definitely been one of the most devoted casts I’ve ever worked with.. And why should people come see it? Because I’m in it, that’s why,” Ward said.
Olivia Buck plays the leader of the Hot Box and fiancé of Nathan, Miss Adelaide.
“I really love the process and getting to know so many talented people,” Buck said.“I also love seeing everything coming together and finding tings new things to do and seeing everything click.”
Adrianna Goss plays the leader of The Save A Soul Mission, Sara Brown. Miss Brown’s mission is unfortunately failing, yet a lucky roll of the dice changes her luck.
“”It’s been really fun getting to work with everyone in the cast because I get to meet so many awesome people,” Goss said.
Guys and Dolls is one of Kersey’s favorite plays to direct because of the play’s upbeat tempo, the comedy throughout as well as the large appeal of the play.
“I think anybody would love to see the show,” Kersey said with a grin.
Showtimes will be at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday with a Matinee at 2:30 on Sunday
Tickets are available online and at the door- 10$ for center section and 8$ for the outside
Tickets are going fast, reserve your seat today!