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Elmhurst

Elmhurst Children’s Theatre to present ‘Guys and Dolls’

Luke Milani (from left), Aidan King, Finnegan Belleau, Mason Lampa and Laney Toffler play New York City gamblers in Elmhurst Children's Theatre's "Guys and Dolls."
Luke Milani (from left), Aidan King, Finnegan Belleau, Mason Lampa and Laney Toffler play New York City gamblers in Elmhurst Children's Theatre's "Guys and Dolls."

ELMHURST – The Elmhurst Children’s Theatre will be all about gangsters, singing and dancing as it presents the classic musical “Guys and Dolls.”

Performances will be 7 p.m. March 18, 2 and 7 p.m. March 19, and 2 p.m. March 20 at Bryan Middle School, 111 W. Butterfield Road. All tickets are $8 and sold at the door.

“Guys and Dolls” originally conquered Broadway in 1951, running for 1,200 performances and winning five Tony Awards, including Best New Musical. It subsequently was made into the film of the same name starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.

Set in the hustle and bustle of Prohibition-era New York City, “Guys and Dolls” includes songs like “Luck be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat” and “A Bushel and a Peck.”

“It’s neat to see the kids so excited about this particular show,” director Samantha Rose said in a news release. “There are so many trends in musical theatre today, and I’m kind of old school, so to watch them get excited about a classic American musical is a thrill!”

The 48-member cast includes children in fifth through eighth grades. The actors have been rehearsing their singing, dancing and acting skills for the past two months as well as distributing show posters throughout town.

Bryan Middle School eighth-grader Mason Lampa, channeling his inner Frank Sinatra, plays gambler Nathan Detroit.

“This role has been a lot of fun to play especially learning how to talk like a gangster,” Mason said in the release. “There are a lot of funny scenes but one of my favorites is ‘Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat.’ It’s a lot of fun.”

“Guys and Dolls” is Bryan Middle School seventh-grader Tessa Olson’s first show with the Elmhurst Children’s Theatre.

“I love [Elmhurst Children’s Theatre] because it’s really inclusive,” Tessa said in the release. “You get to meet kids from different schools and make new friends.”

Phil Videckis is the music director, and Caleb Wimbush is the show’s assistant director.

Group reservations of 12 or more receive discounted tickets, priority seating and a backstage tour. Contact Michelle Maiers at 630-832-0667 or mmaiers@elmhurstchildrenstheatre.com.

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