The backstage was buzzing with energy just 48 hours before the first curtain call of St. Michael-Albertville High School’s fall musical, “Guys and Dolls.” Nearly 150 high school students have come together to put on the show, including cast, pit musicians and stage crewmembers.
This musical is set in 1930s New York City. The tale involves gambling, a trip to Havana, Cuba, two love stories and even makes a visit to the NYC underground. McKenna Eull (Miss Adelaide), Dylan Brown (Nathan Detroit), Caitlin Myers (Sarah Brown) and Elijah O’Sullivan (Sky Masterson) are some of the show’s lead characters.
Director Joshua Mann said the show is fun and light-hearted despite its setting during the Great Depression. This is the second show Mann has directed for STMA High School, though he has directed elsewhere for many years, he said.
“The musical numbers are a delight to watch, and the acting is wonderful,” Mann said. “The kids have really made the show their own.”
Showtimes for “Guys and Dolls” are as follows: Thursday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The Saturday show has been moved back to an 8 p.m. start time due to the high school football team’s state championship game that afternoon, allowing time for people to return to the area after the game. Lastly, a Sunday matinee will take place at 2 p.m. on Nov. 15. All performances are at the high school’s Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $8 and $6 for K-12 students and seniors. They can be purchased at the door or in advance through the district web site.