Production Team: Director – Lou Tait • Music Director – Seann Wilkinson
Show week starts with Band Call on Sunday 5th November, last performance Saturday 11th November at the Desborough Suite, Maidenhead Town Hall
Once again, thank you to everyone who auditioned this evening and to those who auditioned at earlier alternate auditions. With so many people auditioning and to such a high standard, we understand that inevitably most of you will be disappointed. However, please remember that it doesn’t mean that you did anything wrong, just that someone else is considered as a little better and/or more closely fits into the production team’s general view of the cast as a whole. Let’s all congratulate the successful casting of:
Sky Masterson – Ali Bagshaw
Sarah Brown – Sarah Barnes
Nathan – Tony Slevin
Adelaide – Melissa Embleton
Nicely-Nicely – Daren Brandon
Big Jule – Andrew Few
Benny – Don McDermott
Harry – Roman Lach
Rusty Charlie – Max O’Brien
Arvide – John Timewell
General Cartwright – Tanya Beeton
Agatha – Wendy McDonald-Gibson
Lt. Brannagan – Mark Beeton
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers. Frequently revived, the show has been done with numerous all-star casts, including productions/concerts featuring Ewan McGregor, Jane Krakowski, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Jessica Biel.
Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.
Frank Loesser’s brassy, immortal score makes Guys and Dolls a crowd pleaser. The large cast features both a variety of ensemble and star roles. With a great collection of production resources from MTI, this highly producible show is a treat for audiences and performers of any age.