MGSH to present ‘Guys and Dolls’ as 2013 fall musical

The award-winning musical theatre program at Maple Grove Senior High School is presenting “Guys and Dolls” as its fall musical.

Based upon short stories written by Damon Runyon in the 1930s, “Guys and Dolls” first appeared on the Broadway stage in 1950.  The musical is one of the most beloved of all Broadway musicals, and, since its debut, it has been the subject of a 1955 Hollywood movie starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando, as well as many Broadway revivals.

What is the plot of “Guys and Dolls”?  Well, all the hot gamblers are in town, and they’re all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week’s version of “The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York.”  The only problem is, Nathan needs $1,000 to get a location.  Add in Sarah Brown, who’s short on sinners at the mission she runs; Sky Masterson, who accepts Nathan’s $1,000 bet that Sky can’t get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana; and Miss Adelaide, Nathan’s long suffering fiancée of 14 years, and you have one entertaining musical. The show is packed with great dance numbers and well known songs like “Guys and Dolls,” “If I Were a Bell,”  “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck Be a Lady”, and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.”MGguysDolls_3

Performances of “Guys and Dolls” will be Nov. 8, 9 and 15, 16 at 7 pm. There will be a matinee performance Nov. 16 at 1 pm.

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MGSH has become known as one of the premiere musical theatre high schools in the state of Minnesota through its richly entertaining and highly professional productions including Elton John’s “Aida,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and last year’s Spotlight Awards Outstanding Production of “Urinetown.”

This year Lauren Bartelt makes her directing debut at Maple Grove High School.  “I am so proud to be involved with the MGSH Theatre Program.  The students are so dedicated and always up for a challenge,” said Bartelt. “They have shown such support for each other in the process and really view the production as a team effort.”

Seniors Coryn Jacobson (who will play Sarah Brown) and Ryan Haff (who will play Nathan Detroit) recommend that students new to MGSH try out for the school musical. “It has been an honor to be a part of the theater program at MGSH, and it is a great way to get involved in a school activity and meet new people,” said Jacobson.  “I really enjoyed being involved in “Urinetown” last year and “Guys and Dolls” is going to be a great show this year.”

“Everyone should come see “Guys and Dolls;” said Haff, “it is a classic!  I am really proud to have been a part of the program for the past three years.  The Maple Grove theatre program is like a family, and our family is going to put on another entertaining show this year.”

Asked to summarize what the audience can expect from the upcoming MGSH performances of “Guys and Dolls,” Lauren Bartelt stated, “It is a colorful musical comedy with really likeable characters, catchy songs, and clever dialogue.  Plus, the dance numbers are out of this world.”


Rehearsing for Maple Grove Senior High School’s “Guys and Dolls” are, left to right, Ryan Haff (Nathan Detroit), Kylea Barnes (Adalaide), Coryn Jacobson (Sarah Brown and Ryan Christenson (Sky Masterson)


The cast strikes a dramatic pose rehearsing for “Guys and Dolls.” Performances begin Nov. 8.


“The Crapshooters” play their game. Performances of “Guys and Dolls” will be Nov. 8, 9 and 15, 16 at 7 p.m.