YTC to hold auditions for ‘Guys and Dolls’

The Youth Theatre Company, in partnership with The Society of Saint Vincent DePaul in Plymouth, announce open auditions for the Broadway classic musical “Guys & Dolls” Friday, May 18, at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. and callbacks, Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m., all in the Great Room of the newly-constructed Saint Vincent DePaul, 2225 Eastern Ave., Plymouth.

Auditions are open to adults ages 20 to 90 (OK….we’ll take up to 100 years old, but that’s our limit) with up to 25 cast members in a variety of ensemble and major roles.

For auditions, participants will be given sections of the script to read as well as impromptu lines and movement taught by Director/Choreographer Patty Talen. Vocal Director Mike Schulz will select and teach short musical pieces from the score to those auditioning (with words and music provided). No preparation is necessary, however, it is suggested that those auditioning wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Once casting is completed, scripts and music will be distributed for summer use with a couple of rehearsals beginning late August and continuing after Labor Day up until the October performance weekend.

“Guys & Dolls” will be presented at the Society of Saint Vincent DePaul Great Room in Plymouth, Thursday, Oct. 25, Friday, Oct. 26, Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28.

The musical will be a fundraiser for St. Vinnie’s with its focus of bringing support to programs that help families in crisis and guide them to the road of self-sufficiency.

“Guys & Dolls, a Musical Fable of Broadway,” is based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, “Guys & Dolls” ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers.

Loesser’s brassy, immortal score makes “Guys and Dolls” a crowd pleaser. The large cast features both a variety of ensemble and star roles.

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, “Guys & Dolls” is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer Adelaide laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

For further questions call Tim and Patty Talen at 893- 0528 (leave a message). The Youth Theatre Company is a Plymouth-based theater company producing plays for young people and families.

Past productions in Plymouth have included “Mountain Magic,” “Go H20!,” “Jingle & Jive,” “Rhythm And Rhyme,” “Story Surfin’,” “Aesop’s Fables,” “Badger Tales,” “Tom Sawyer,” “Just Say Cheese,” “Feelin’ Groovy,” “Scrooge” and “Jingle All The Way.”

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