Guys & Dolls

Cast

Benny Southstreet Terry Wall
Nicely-Nicely Johnson Simon Griffin
Rusty Charley David Cronk
Sarah Brown Helen Craycroft-Rice
Arvide Abernathy Mike Cawson
Agatha Pat Bowditch
Harry the Horse Neil Weatherhead
Lieutenant Brannigan Steve Pleasance
Nathan Detroit Mike Sharpe
Joey Biltmore Nick Bane
Society Max Quentin Beddall
Miss Adelaide Alison Wareham
Sky Masterson Nick Wareham
Big Julie Kit Mead

Choruses

Mission Band
Hustlers
Hot Box Girls
Sandra Horner David Cronk Rae Bane
Laura Gentry Donald Cameron Catherine Bowden
Sarah Acton Max Hopkinson-Fagan Jenny Crow
Hannah Craycroft-Rice Ronan O'Donnell Claire Harris
Sarah Macnamee Thomas Parcell Mo Rootes
Jessica Muirhead Scott Tuite Laura Smith
Rosanna Pemberton James Ward Christine Spencer
Jocelynne Rees-Howell Jessica Bane
Gemma Smith Claire Burrell
Charlotte Spark Sarah Carey
Philippa Crow
Emma Davenport
Annie Ganguli
Danille Sievewright
Geraldine Spencer

Behind the Scenes

Director
Mike Sharpe
Musical Director Jeremy Pemberton
Band Jeremy Pemberton, Nigel Bailey, James Bruce, Richard Elcock & Jonathan Greek
Choreographer Susan Lucas
Producer Alison Wareham
Assistant Producer Marian French
Stage Management Alison Cameron & Sarah Pleasance
Set Design Mandy Owen with help in scenery painting from Janet Smith, Charlotte Richards, Sarah Hurrell, Emma Atherton, Mags Underhay and Year 5 & 6
Lighting James Clarke
Wardrobe Jo Hagon with help from Shirley Algar, Liz Lawson, Jo Clark, Sarah Weartherhead, Sally Hildrew, Dot O'Reilly and Julia BoonAskelof
Props Tesney Carey
Make-up Judy Jones with help from Debbie Tuite, Pat Russell, Barbara Dyson, Hepzi Pemberton, Tina Sievewright and Carmen Robinson
Artwork Elinor Cole
Publicity Marian French
Programme Mike Cawson
Sponsorship Rosemary Zanders
Treasurer Sally Charter
Secretary Jane Bowden
Front of House Liz Elbourn and Sally Charter with help from Annie Davenport and Janet Beddall
Bar Jeremy Cole with help from Nick Charter, Ian McCluish, Alan Mansey and others
   

Synopsis

This year our musical is brought to you from the lively streets around Broadway in New York City. The musical was written by Frank Loesser in 1949 who based it on a short story by Damon Runyon called The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown. Runyon was born in Kansas in 18884 and moved to New York in 1910 where he was a reporter. He was always to be found "where the big story was".

The first few paragraph of Runyon's story set the scene for Guys and Dolls and introduce Sky Masterton:

Of all the high players this country ever sees, there is no doubt that the guy they call The Sky is the highest. In fact, the reason he is called The Sky is because he goes so high when it comes to betting on any proposition whatever. He will bet all he has, and nobody can bet more than this.

His right name is Obadiah Masterton, and he is originally out of a little town in southern Colorado where he learns to shoot craps, and play cards, and one thing and another, and where his old man is a very well-known citizen, and something of a sport himself. In fact, The Sky tells me that when he finally cleans up all the loose scratch around his home town and decides he needs more room, his old man has a private talk with him and says to him like this:
"Son," the old guys says, "you are now going out into the wide, wide world to make your own way, and it is a very good thing you do, as there are no more opportunities for you in this burg. I am only sorry, " he says, "that I am not able to bank-roll you to a very large start, but "he says, "not having any potatoes to give you, I am going to stake you to some very valuable advice, which I personally collected in my years of experience around and about, and I hope and trust you will always bear this advice in mind."
"Son," the old guys says, "no matter how far you travel, or how smart you get, always remember this: some da, somewhere," he says, "a guy is going to come to you and show you a nice brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is never broken, and this guy will offer to bet you that the jack of spades will jump out of this deck and squirt cider in your ear. But son," the old guys says, "do not bet him, for sure as you do, you are going to get an ear full of cider."

A later paragraph does the same for Miss Sarah Brown:

There are only four of these missions workers, and two of them are old guys, and one is an old doll, while the other is a young doll who is tootling on a cornet. And after a couple of ganders at this young doll, The Sky is a goner, for this is one of the most beautiful young dolls anybody ever sees on Broadway, and especially as a mission worker. Her name is Miss Sarah Brown.

Enjoy our show……