Guys and Dolls

Audiences have dug out their glad rags and trilbies for a trip to the 1950s as students stage the classic musical comedy Guys and Dolls.

A highlight of the academy year, the production this year involved a cast of 50 supported by 60 staff and students, a band of professional musicians, a team of make-up artists and hair stylists, set designers, and lighting and technical people.

Auditions were held in September and students have spent many evenings and Saturdays since then rehearsing their lines, choreography and songs including Luck Be A Ladyand Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat.

Director June Walker said: “We take our annual production very seriously with a bespoke set, costumes and by bringing in professional musicians because we feel the students deserve it. They work very hard and make a big commitment to be involved.

“The boys in particular have had a lot of choreography this time and they’ve realised that performances like this are not for wimps. It’s very physical and they’ve all worked hard to be fit enough for the show.”

Among the cast was a previously undiscovered singing and acting talent, Connor Foster, who played Nicely-Nicely Johnson alongside Anton Blackburn as Nathan Detroit andAlex Connolly-Marshas Sky Masterson.

The story saw Sergeant Sarah Brown, of the Save a Soul Mission, played by Faye Hilton, vainly trying to spread the Gospel in a city full of tipsters, conmen and gamblers.

Thirteen-year-old Kirsty Gosnay, from Nunthorpe, who played showgirl Miss Adelaide, said: “My character has been engaged for 14 years to Nathan and is desperate to leave behind her seemingly glamorous lifestyle for a white picket fence garden with roses around the door.

“I was a bit nervous about the show but really enjoyed it.”

Guys and Dolls was at The King’s Academy from March 19-22 starting at 7.15pm, with a signer present for hearing impaired guests on March 19.