Drama Ministry Presents Guys and Dolls

November 05, 2009

Drama Ministry Presents Guys and Dolls Saint Leo University’s Drama Ministry brings to life the hustle and bustle of New York City in the late 1940s with its production of "Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway," at the main campus from November 12 through November 14.

The musical comedy is drawn from two short stories by the late popular writer Damon Runyon, who loved to chronicle life on Broadway in the 1940s, especially the entertainers, the gamblers, and gangsters of the era. In "Guys and Dolls," the audience is drawn into the lives of two men who are devoted to the excitement of betting and running crap games. The “dolls' who would share their lives have other ideas about how things ought to be.

Adelaide, a nightclub dancer, wants her fiancé of 14 years, Nathan, to give up the shady lifestyle of arranging crap games and making bets and settle down with her. Nathan keeps dodging the marriage issue to concentrate on his gambling-business interests, and gets drawn into a bet with the smooth, fast-talking Sky Masterson. Everything is thrown for a loop when Sky encounters Sergeant Sarah Brown, an attractive young Christian woman laboring––unsuccessfully—at a nearby mission to save Broadway’s souls from drinking and gambling.

Gangsters dressed in 1940s suits and fedoras appear on stage to stir things up, as do Sarah’s fellow missionaries, cloaked in red uniforms. Most of the dialogue comes from the slang used in the 1940s, and periodically, characters break into song to explain their predicaments.

All performances will be held at the Marmion Center, which is located at the west end of the campus, and directly faces State Road 52. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November, 12, and Friday, November 13. Two shows are scheduled for Saturday, November 14, at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m.

Admission is free to Saint Leo students presenting their ID cards. Adults may purchase tickets for $10 each. The ticket price for children and teens up to age 17 is $5. Children under age 5 will be admitted free. Seating is limited, but tickets can be reserved in advance by calling the University Ministry office at (352) 588-8017 on weekdays.

The Saint Leo Drama Ministry is able to present "Guys and Dolls" through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International, 421 West 54th St, New York, N.Y. The music and lyrics are by Franks Loesser, and the book is by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, based on characters and stories created by Damon Runyan.