Above: Lachlan Brown and Jeremy Kemp who play the two lead characters of Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson 'Guys and Dolls' ‘Guys and Dolls’ previews in just over three weeks’ time, on 27 October.
So, of course the Playhouse stage, auditorium, green room and any other theatre spaces director, Lerae Davison can find are a hive of activity!
The dancers are dancing, the singers are singing, the lights have been rigged and are shining brightly on the rehearsals.
And, the cast are drumming their Brooklyn accents into their brains.
Very soon the show will need an audience - you!
Tickets are on sale now, online via links from www.baytheatreplayers.org.au or direct from www.trybooking.com/YAUP, and are available from the Playhouse at 33 Gregory Street, Batemans Bay on Saturdays only from 10am - 12 noon.
According to Wikipedia, ‘Guys and Dolls’ is based on two stories by American author, Damon Runyan - ‘The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown’ and ‘Blood Pressure’. The show also borrows characters and story elements from a few other Runyon stories, most notably ‘Pick the Winner’.
In her Director’s notes Lerae, who will be well remembered for her direction of ‘Anything Goes’, said that when she decided to direct G&D her main aim was for everyone to have fun and for everyone to work together as a team. ‘And’, she says, ‘I wanted to show my cast that they can dance even if their director can’t!
‘We have certainly had the fun I hoped for. And, everyone is dancing beautifully (except me!). I would personally like to thank the cast and crew for their respect and support.’
G&D aficionados would know that the heart of the show is the two love stories between couples Sky Masterson, a gambler willing to bet on virtually anything, and the ‘Save-a-Soul’ Mission’s pious and beautiful Sergeant Sarah Brown; and Nathan Detroit, who runs an illegal floating crap game and his fiancée of 14 years, Miss Adelaide.
The songs they sing against the background of 1950s New York City, the hilarious doings of a group of gamblers, a troupe of Hot Box dancers and the goodness of the ‘Save a Soul’ Mission staff make this story a delight.
So, come along and get your tickets (and, perhaps your favourite seats) now!