Guys & Dolls 2006

Cast (see also publicity and images below)
In order of appearance

Nicely-Nicely Johnson Graham Lawrence
Benny Southstreet Nick Bane
Rusty Charlie Quentin Beddall
Sarah Brown Tahlia Marvin
Arvide Abernathy Jeremy Pemberton
Agatha Tina Mead
Calvin Roger King
Martha Janet Tanburn
Harry the Horse, Waiter Alastair Maclean
Lieutenant Brannigan Mike Cawson
Nathan Detroit Steve Pleasance
Crapshooters Gemma Smith, Will Evans, TomDuke, Steve Linford, Sam Pudney, Alex Smith
Angie the Ox, Joey Biltmore Alan Ward
Miss Adelaide Emmeline Lyster
Sky Masterson Des O'Brian
Mimi, Hot Box dancer, Texan Tourist Debbie Bush
Big Jule, Boxer Paul Thorpe
Brandy Bottle Bates, Drunk, Photographer John Dickerson
Salvation Army Janet Tanburn, Anthony Bane, Fran Dignan, Claire Haugh, Roger King, Katie Speed, Richard Tanburn, Maddy Winnard, Ed Zanders
Hot Box Dancers Christina Harrison, jane Bowden, Helena Wareham, Julie Anderton, kaitie-Beth Brookfield, Harriet Cox, Ellie Rider, Becca Rochford, Jenna Simmons
Master Of Ceremonies, Texan Tourist, Crapshooter, Havanna Card Sharp Peter barnes
Havanna Girls Claire Haugh, Helena Wareham, Katie Speed, Maddie Winnard

Production Team

Director Alison Wareham
Producer Des O'Brien
Musical Director Nick Wareham
Costumes Tina Mead, Christina Harrison
Set design Janet Smith
Set Build Dick Gentry
Set Painting Elinor Cole, Jo Stuchbury, Neil Stuchbury, Gemma Smith, Janet Smith
Lighting & Sound Ella Lyons
Ticket Sales Kris Stuchbury
Programe Peter Barnes
Funs Raising Quentin Beddall, Steve Pleasance
Choreography Di Wisby
Props Sally Hildrew
Band Nick Wareham, Charlie White, Louise Atkins, Robin Hilliard, Robin Livermore, Dan Alt, David Atkins, Tim Clarke, Michael Haller, Christine Winterbotton, Hannah Lawrence

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……


Publicity Images
Taken by the Cambridge Evening News of the cast and the cheque for 2000 handover to Marie Curie.

 

Crapshooters

Finale