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Posted on: January 27, 2020

Ray-Pec High School to present "Guys and Dolls"

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Raymore-Peculiar High School announces its winter musical comedy, the American theatre classic “Guys and Dolls.” The final performance of the show will be in the RPHS Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Reserve tickets by calling the box office line, 892-3999, extension 2400. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Free child care will be provided.

Guys and Dolls tells the story of two couples, Sarah Brown and Sky Masterson, a missionary and a gambler who are new to love and its challenges, and Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide, a couple engaged for 14 years trying to find the courage to move forward into marriage. The show’s great music, snappy one-liners, and examination of the relationships between men and women led to it being selected for numerous awards both when it premiered and in the years since.

Featuring characters from the short stories of author Damon Runyon, Guys and Dolls premiered on Broadway in 1950 where it initially ran for 1,200 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Since then it has been revived several times on Broadway to great success and has become a staple of high school and community theatres around the country. With music by Frank Loesser and a comedic book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls has entertained audiences for over 65 years and is considered by many to be one of the finest examples of the classic American musical. 

The cast includes Seth Kelley as Sky Masterson, Chloe Coons as Sarah Brown, Spencer Barr as Nathan Detroit, Ella Schnake as Miss Adelaide, Denton Meehan as Nicely-Nicely, Robbie Keays as Benny Southstreet, Mark Moorhead as Rusty Charlie, Jillian Humke as Arvide Abernathy, Dylan de Leon as Harry the Horse, Alec Heriford as Lt. Brannigan, Spencer Harris as Angie the Ox, Cole Blankenship as Joey Biltmore, Bailey Trautman as Mimi, Paige Showen as General Matilda B. Cartwright, Eli Dubray as Big Jule, Cameron Lowe as the Master of Ceremonies, Jackson Shepard as the Drunk, and Jared Dosch as the Waiter/Police Officer. 

Appearing in the show as the Crapshooters are Xander Blackmon, Andrew Burton, Kai Eastwood, Nathan Eckert, Maxwell Gedzah, Ronald Graves, Brekyn King, Aidan Martell, Reece McClish, Nigel Norvell, Guiness Taylor, and Garrett Whitten. Appearing in the show as Hot Box Dancers are Mia Abnos, Abigail Ball, Payton Ballinger, Jadyn Bramble, Brooklyn Burk, Alexis Carver, Marissa Dick, Addison Hansen, Audrey Huffman, Kennedy Kinnick, Makiya Leslie-Hardison, Julia Morris, Grace O’Brien, Gabby Sharp, Diamond Smith, Sasha Trujillo-Fernandez, Carinne Williams, McKenna Wilson, and Larissa Wratney. Appearing in the show as members of the Salvation Army are Dalton Apel, Adam Bartow, Morgan Bassett, Madison Busby, Jacee Campos, Emily Feagins, Sarah Freidline, Meghan Larsen, Ashley Sclesky, Zoe Shriner, Kaijah Simmons, Sophia Sozo, Jada Weber, Kayla Williams, and Samantha Williams.       

Working behind the scenes are Teacher Todd Schnake as the director, Teacher Stephen Rew as the music director, Teacher Karla Penechar as the scenic designer and technical director, and Patrons Pam Schnake, Kay Connelly and Michael Connelly as production assistants. The choreographer is Abigail Ball with assistance from Spencer Harris and Makiya Leslie-Hardison. The assistant directors for Guys and Dolls are Molly Loman and Carly Toler. The stage managers are Raef Bell and Blake Oser.  The sound engineer is Nick Hime. The master carpenters are Nate Caskey, Sydney Heriford, Nick Hime, Madi Priest, and Zach Scott. Props masters are Molly Loman, Kerstin Randolph, and Gloria Tait. The master electrician is Zach Scott. The costume mistress is Sydney Heriford. The house manager is Madison Priest and the box office manager is Nate Caskey.

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