KOKOMO, Indiana— Players, missionaries and dancers take the stage in Havens Auditorium, as Indiana University Kokomo presents the classic musical guys and dolls April 1 to 3.
Music teacher Wendy Grice and adjunct music teacher Garry Grice lead the show, which is set in 1940s New York City.
Wendy Grice said they chose the musical because it’s a Broadway classic, and something completely different from the 2021 production of Pirates of Penzance.
“The story is based on short stories by Damon Runyon, so it’s something different for our cast,” she said. “It’s a very different culture for them. They love it and they have fun with the accents. There is also a lot of dancing, so it was a challenge for them.
For student Anna Ely, the musical offered a chance to play her dream role, the star dancer of Hot Box Club Adelaide, who has been engaged to player Nathan Detroit for 14 years.
“I’ve wanted to play her for a few years,” said Ely, of Kokomo. “She’s quirky and has fun songs. I’ve mostly played simple roles, so I’m excited to branch out and do something fun and different.
She previously participated in theater at IU Kokomo while earning a bachelor’s degree, and now as a graduate student.
“It helps me feel more engaged as a student,” she said. “I have the opportunity to interact and participate with other students.
Molly Lewis, who plays missionary worker Sarah Brown, said she had a supporting role in a production of the show at her high school and was thrilled to play one of the romantic leads in IU Kokomo. .
“It’s a really funny show, and it has a lot of great music,” she said, adding that people might not know the show itself, but will recognize songs like “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Luck Be a Lady”. .”
Lewis is a business major, with a music minor. Participating in theater is one of the things she will remember most about being a student, she said.
“The show allows me to spend more time with the other choir students,” she said. “I’m getting to know more people and seeing more people getting involved not only in what I love, but also in what they love to do.”
Grice said audiences will enjoy the show’s comedy and the talented singers performing. There will be a full orchestra and, for the first time, three-dimensional projected sets, rather than standard constructed sets.
“They look amazing,” she said. “They go through a spotlight, and when you look at them, they’re in motion. The lights go on and off, the palm trees wave and it feels real. I’m so excited to see them.
Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3 at Havens Auditorium. General admission is $10, children 7-12 $5, and children 6 and under free. Tickets will be sold at the door or can be reserved by emailing [email protected]
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