With an energetic cast, SVCT’s “Guys and Dolls” is an evening well spent

Published in the June 29, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life

2018_guys-dolls_photo1The 1951 award-winning “Guys and Dolls” is as much fun as ever with South Valley Civic Theatre’s lively cast, great music and choreography. Based on two stories and the characters of Damon Runyon, this show features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, with the book by Thomas Meehan and Abe Burrows. Standards like “If I were a Bell,” “Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck Be A Lady,” and “Sit Down You’re Rocken’ The Boat,” will bring the audience back to another time and place.

Michael Kaelin vigorously takes on the role of Nathan Detroit, a man who runs the area’s illegal floating crap games. He has been engaged to Adelaide — played by the delightful, super talented Hillary Little — for 14 years.

2018_guys-dolls_calendarHe is stressed because he needs money for the location for his game. She has decided that it’s time they got married. Nathan makes a wager with upscale gambler Sky Masterson, deftly played by Joe Hartwell. Nathan bets that Sky will not be able to convince innocent Salvation Army missionary Sarah Brown, played by beautifully voiced Megan Griffin, to accompany him to dinner in Havana. The plot thickens and is mixed with great music and interesting production numbers by choreographers Jyovonne Montosa and Nicole Tung.

Myra F. Kaelin directs with a light hand and keeps an even flow throughout the performance. Carol Harris, vocal and musical director, leads the solid 10-piece orchestra, and the creatively designed revolving set smoothly takes the audience to each location with colorful costuming that keeps the audience’s attention.

Happily, another generation will be exposed to “Guys and Dolls,” a wonderfully fun musical classic. South Valley audiences will realize that not much has changed in some values and ideas of romance and love. With an energetic cast that delivers, “Guys and Dolls” is an evening well spent.

Camille Bounds

Camille Bounds

Theater Columnist at Morgan Hill Life
Camille Bounds is the theater columnist for the Morgan Hill Life and Gilroy LIfe newspapers. She has performed on Broadway and traveled around the world. She can be reached at: bounds17@gmail,com
Camille Bounds