For a thoroughly enjoyable evening, plan to see "Guy and Dolls" at the Lark Theatre through Saturday night.
Tickets may be hard to come by, but you really should go, if you enjoy live entertainment at all. The show is sold out, said Rev. Ed Randall as he greeted guests. But you may be able to find a ticket or two if you try. It will be worth the effort.
"Guys and Dolls" is one of the more ambitious productions we've seen at the Lark. It was carried off tremendously well. We can't take someone else's talent, but if I could steal one, it would be the ability to sing -- on key, I mean.
The story takes place in New York City in the late 1940s, early '50s. It involves a group of gamblers (the guys), chorus girls and missionaries. The story is about betting and the unlikely coupling of a missionary (Sarah Brown) and a big roller (Sky Masterson).
The orchestra was one of the largest we've seen at the Lark. Under the powerful direction of Matt Huber, the musicians blended to add greatly to the show.
"For a town of this size, we have a tremendous number of talented people," Linda said, while walking back to the car.
Fortunately, we also have Community Theatre of Clay County and the Lark Theatre.
The principal cast members were well chosen. David (Nathan Detroit) Vollmer is totally believable in his role. Ahnya (Miss Adelaide) Alstott is just too cute to be believed as Detroit's girlfriend. Ahnya obviously had a lot of fun with the role and that helps the audience to have fun, too. Then, there is T.J. (Sky Masterson) Sneddon, who always does a good job as does Michelle (Sarah Brown) McCrea.
We met another couple at the theater Thursday night. My old boss and friend of about 30 years, Dick Munro and his wife, Bette, learned about the show on http://www.thebraziltimes.com. They sent an e-mail to see if we would join them at the theater and we had a great time.
Dick played Big Jule on the community theater stage at Crawfordsville. But he also watches the movie and even took time to go see the movie while they traveled in Italy. (The songs were sung in English, but the dialogue was dubbed, he said.) Yes, both Munros gave the Brazil production thumbs up.
There's a suggestion: Tell your friends and make arrangements to meet them at the theater!
The players (in order of appearance):
Carl McKinney, David Maurey, David Landes, Josh McCluskey, Michelle McCrea, Chad White, Rebecca Maurey, Kandra England, Julie Maurey, Kevin McCrea, David Vollmer, Bob Lambrecht, Ahnya Alstott, T.J. Sneddon, Jordan Allen, Chris Swearingen, Ashton Swearingen, Josh White, Matt Huber, Mike Allen, Bob Pell, Janelle Huber, Keri Fagg, Micahlyn Allen, Rachel Alstott and Amy McCluskey.
Woodwinds, Robert Pell, Doris Pell and Gary Van Middlesworth; horns, Betty Niswonger and Darlene Shepard; cello, Allen Keathley; keyboards, Susan Sneddon and Steve Newman; trumpets, Steven Garlits, Allen Basore and Andy Whittington; trombone, Matthew S. Huber and Ersel E. "Buz" Burgess; and percussion, Jim Pell.