The Amherst Schools Music Department production of “Guys and Dolls” will be held at Jensen Community Center Theater, 487 N. Main St., Amherst, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 18 to 20, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and free for children 3 and younger who sit on an adult’s lap. Tickets are on sale at the Amherst High School Office through Friday, April 19, during regular school hours and one hour prior to show at the Jensen Community Center.
“Guys and Dolls,” a ‘musical fable of Broadway’ tells the tale of two New York couples betting on love despite the odds. In “Guys and Dolls,” the slickest big-time gamblers can’t resist making or taking a bet on anything.
“It’s a fun show,” said Jolynn Wucherer, play co-director and Amherst band director, “It’s a nice show that is able to get a lot of students involved.”
Nathan Detroit (played by Jonathan Konkol) is looking for a location for his floating crap game. In order to raise cash, he bets high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson (Zach Shulfer) that Masterson will not be able to take the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown (Harmony French) on a date to Havana.
Meanwhile, Detroit’s long-suffering fiancée, Miss Adelaide (Amanda Garavet), has caught a “cold,” on account of having to wait 14 years for her wedding day.
This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical features standards like “Luck Be a Lady,” “If I Were a Bell,” “Sue Me,” “I’ll Know” and “Bushel and a Peck” by composer Frank Loesser.
Wucherer said there is a lot of talent in the Amherst schools and that the depth of male vocal talent, in particular, is reflected in the performance. She said it has been a few years since Amherst performed a musical, though they usually do one every other year. “For a lot of kids, this is the first musical they’ve done,” she said.
Cast members include Jonathan Konkol, Amanda Garavet, Zach Shulfer, Harmony French, Robin Zabler, Vince Platten, Alayna Holderman, Nick Emery, Sawyer Hintz, Seth Barnes, Chris Ramlow, Hannah Carey-Brown, Ursa Anderson, Joey Biadasz, Alyssa Eiden, Mac Felckowski, Rachel Gordon, Jessica Gutschow, Gabby Heiman, Olivia Helbach, Kelsey Holderman, Danielle Karch, Kyle Konkol, Bridget Pionkowski, Jem Rein, Cray Rieckmann, Amy Sutheimer, Ryan Tautges, Rachael Toelle, Andy Trzebiatowski, Uriah Trzebiatowski, Riley Voss and Mariah Wall.
The stage crew includes Makayla Dahms, Lauryn Branham, Emma Barnes, Breanna Moore, Caleb Toelle and Arelis Nieves.
The student pit orchestra musicians include Taylor Gordon and Ashley Denes.
The play also features cameo appearances by Amherst teachers, such as football coaches Mark Lusic and Doug Spadoni and forensics coach Jared Schroeder.
Vurchelle Baumann, choir director, is the musical’s other co-director.