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Cast Of PCHS’ Guys and Dolls Announced

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 at 5:32 am

The cast of Pine City High School’s fall musical, “Guys and Dolls,” was
announced this week, with lead roles going to senior Greg Shelton, junior
Jorie Williamson, sophomore Adam Martin, and freshman Hannah Kloeckl.

The musical is often billed as the greatest musical comedy ever written, a
classic fable of Broadway that was written in the mid-1950s by famed
songwriter Frank Loesser.  Set in the late-1930s, the musical tells the
story of hapless gamblers (the “Guys”) and the women who can’t help but
love them (the “Dolls”).   The musical features several classic songs,
including “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

Other leading roles were awarded to senior Josh Palmer and junior Sean
Kehren who were cast as Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Benny Southstreet,
respectively.  Seniors Aaron Nisley (Arvide), Trevor Clune (Big Jule), and
Thomas Pitzen (Lt. Brannigan) also earned featured roles.  A total of 39
students in grades eight through twelve were selected for the cast by a
seven-member audition committee.

Director Brad Mariska is excited for the show, saying that the cast is one
of the most talented he’s ever had the chance to lead: “every year for the
past several years we’ve been able to select more and more challenging
scripts with ever-increasingly demanding singing, and every year the
students step up and perform to a level that exceeds not only the
expectations of the audience, but even me.  That’s something that the
whole community can take pride in.”

This fall, Mariska is joined by new assistant director Beth Steinleitner,
who has found great success with Pine City’s Speech Team the past two
seasons, as well as veteran assistants Jay Schueller, Jen Krinke, JoLynn
Howard, and Beth Dempsey.

Performances of “Guys and Dolls” take place over two weekends, on November 11, 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pine City Elementary
Auditorium. A matinee will be presented on November 14 at 2:30 p.m., with
a free backstage tour for families beginning at 1:30 p.m.   Tickets go on
sale next month at several area businesses.

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