Beloit College Theatre opens with Guys and Dolls

Beloit—The stage of Beloit College’s Neese Theatre will come alive once again this November with the opening of Guys and Dolls, the kickoff to a promising theater season. Hoods, hustlers, dance-hall girls and mission bands, populate the bustling world of New York City’s Times Square, the backdrop of an unlikely love story between a high-rolling gambler and a saintly mission worker.

Sparks will fly as fast-talking Sky Masterson tries to woo the sweet Sarah Brown, convincing her to accompany him to Havana to win a bet made by Nathan Detroit. As the proprietor of the oldest established floating crap game around, Detroit has more problems than trying to find a place to hold his craps game and keeping the police off his tail his fiancé of 14 years, Hot Box singer Miss Adelaide, is itching (and sneezing!) to get married.

The exploits of these two crazy couples and many other colorful characters make this musical comedy an unforgettable delight. The energetic script, written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, is laced with the memorable score and songs of Frank Loesser, including such favorites as “Luck Be a Lady” and “Adelaide’s Lament.”

Guys and Dolls is directed by Prof. Rod Umlas, chairman of Beloit College’s theater department. The roles of Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide will be played by Jim Burling, a sophomore from Ann Arbor, Mich., and newcomer Adrienne Finucaneis, a first-year student from Washington, D.C. Beloit College theater veterans Rob Sjoberg, a junior from Seattle, Was., and senior Mary Fritz, of DeKalb, Ill., will be playing the parts of Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown.

Guys and Dolls is a classic romantic comedy great for all ages. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-13, and the following weekend, Nov. 18-20, at 8 p.m. There will be a special matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are regularly $12; tickets for seniors, staff and faculty are $9; and student tickets are $6. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or by calling the Beloit College Theatre box office at (608) 363-2755, or by fax at (608) 363-7009. Season tickets can also be purchased at the Beloit College Theatre box office.

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