Sam Balzac as the lead Sky Masterson and Cassandra Day as the leading lady Sarah Brown act out a scene of Guys and Dolls at Keene Central School on March 7. The play will be held on March 22 and 23.
In a show with pizazz, gangsters, good girls, glamour and the music and tales of composer Frank Loesser, the production “Guys and Dolls” will come to the stage at Keene Central School March 22 and 23 at 7 p.m.
The show will be headlined by Sam Balzac as Sky Masterson and Cassandra Day as Sarah Brown.
The play follows their moving tale as both characters start out as complete opposites. Sky, a cool-cat gambler who wants nothing to do with love and Sarah, a straight laced do-gooder with the Salvation Army. The pair, in a story of turns, comedy, music and dance, fall madly in love.
The 32 member cast is made up of a lot of fresh faces to the KCS theater department.
“Most high school plays have predominantly female casts, so I didn’t think we could put on this play,” said play director and KCS Music teacher Lynn Dewalt. “Sam and Cassandra said they wanted this play and promised to deliver male cast members, and they did.”
For Day, the play seemed like the perfect show.
“It’s not too Disney and not too edgy,” Day said. “It’s a great love story, the whole family will enjoy the humor and the intense parts of the play.”
Dewalt said the draw for Balzac was the Frank Sinatra jazz music. For the guys it was the wanna-be gangster and fun-loving gambler role they enjoyed.
“They were really willing to move around and get into character of the gamblers of ill repute,” Dewalt said. “They are really fun to watch, they are having a blast with their scenes.”
Day said people are going to enjoy seeing the new actors on stage.
“They really stepped up when we needed a larger cast, these are actors who barely ever sang before or had been in chorus and really stepped into their character’s persona,” Day said.
Performances come alive with help from Terpsie Toon, a ballet educator, director, choreographer and former dancer from the North Country Ballet Ensemble, who guided the performers through two dances to the numbers, “Hot Box Girls,” and “The Havana Song.”
Audience members should expect a minimalist set with a black back drop and a few scene props such as a news stand or taxi that were built by KCS teachers. Dewalt said the actors will be the focus as they dance and make their presence known on the stage.
“For the past five or six years they have been the main staple of the theater program,” Dewalt said. “I will miss them when they graduate.”