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Student Musical Rolls the Dice

Photo by Roark Gourley. From left, Noah Pattillo with Tristan Cham and Tony Davia rehearsing in “Guys and Dolls,” which opens Friday, March 14 at the Artists’ Theatre.

Photo by Roark Gourley.
From left, Noah Pattillo with Tristan Cham and Tony Davia rehearsing in “Guys and Dolls,” which opens Friday, March 14 at the Artists’ Theatre.

High school theater students take to the Artists’ Theatre stage this month for a three-weekend run of “Guys and Dolls,” a Broadway musical based on a Damon Runyon story.

The spring musical will feature a cast of 50 Laguna Beach High School drama students as well as a student orchestra and stage crew. Mark Dressler directs the show with musical direction by Roxanna Ward and choreography by Erika Schindele.

“We have all the ingredients for another huge success,” Dressler predicted, “a fantastic set, beautiful costumes, and a fabulous group of talented LBHS students to make the classic piece of musical theatre come to life.”

The musical comedy that opened on Broadway in 1950 enjoyed a run of 1200 performances, winning a Tony award and a Pulitzer prize and was adapted into a blockbuster movie.

Runyon’s story revolves around gambler Nathan Detroit and a bet with fellow gambler over making a random girl fall for him. His love interest happens to be a Salvation Army-type reformer, setting the stage for comic complications.

The show runs March 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults; reserved seats are $20. Call 949-497-7769 for tickets!

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