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Mercyhurst stages lavish production of ‘Guys and Dolls’

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Damon Runyon’s glorious comic book world of New York City comes to the stage of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center Nov. 2-5, when the Mercyhurst Theatre Program, Mercyhurst Dance Department and D’Angelo Department of Music present the classic musical comedy Guys and Dolls.

Mercyhurst’s lavish new production, directed by Dr. Brett D. Johnson with choreography by Mark Santillano, boasts spectacular sets and costumes, including 15 hand-painted drops designed by Tony Walton for the 1992 Broadway revival. The performance will feature an orchestra of 25 musicians and a cast and crew of over 50 students.

The 1950 classic depicts Nathan Detroit, who, desperate for funds to secure a venue for his illicit gambling enterprise, offers high roller Sky Masterson what he thinks is a safe bet: wagering that Sky cannot take the strait-laced Sergeant Sarah Brown of the Save-a-Soul Mission on a date to Havana, Cuba. But it turns out that hearts and souls are at stake in this game, and where love’s concerned, there’s no telling how the dice will land.

Johnson calls Guys and Dolls “the perfect collaborative project for Theatre, Dance and Music because of the large cast, extensive use of dance, and intricacies of Frank Loesser’s immortal score, which includes toe-tapping musical numbers like ‘Luck Be a Lady’ and ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.’ It provides opportunities for students in each department to showcase their strengths while also learning from each other.”

Guys and Dolls features Gabrielle Bejarano, Emily Black, JaKarri Buckner, Nicholas Carver, Austin Duclos, Erin Fink, Liam Fitzpatrick, Dominic Fortunato, Ben Friesen, Kathryn Galimi, Aidan Giles, Jonathan Green, Gabriel Grey, Roman Hall, Owen Hitt, Nina Hollopeter, Jillian Johannes, Tyler Kirchmeir, Sarah Krempasky, Abby Larimore, Cole Lowe, Matt Mellish, Jacki Miller, Ashley Poletto, Doug Powers, Carolyn Radke, Meg Rebuzzini, Jenna Rosciszewki, Peter Ruhling, Ella Santillano, Mark Santillano, Hannah Schayes, Caroline Schroer, Grace Sloop, Jenna Swartz, Monica Tinsley, Jacob Tretinik, Caroline VanOsten, and Alexis Webb.

The creative team includes Andrew Rainbow (musical director), Aaron White (set designer), Madeleine Steineck (lighting designer), Rosie Pregler (assistant director), Kathryn Schmitt (production stage manager), Rebecca Holt (assistant stage manager), Charity Ludwig (assistant stage manager) and Abby Whitman (assistant stage manager).

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 2-4, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and non-Mercyhurst students, and $5 for Mercyhurst students with their I.D. All performances are general admission, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to curtain. 

Patrons can reserve their tickets online at, by phone at 814-824-3000 or at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center box office. Tickets will also be on sale at the theatre beginning one hour before curtain.

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