‘Guys & Dolls’ at Random Lake High

Lakeshore Productions, Inc., will present the musical “Guys & Dolls” at Random Lake High School Friday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m.

In the twilight era of gangsters and their dolls, a high stakes “floating” craps game has escaped detection by the New York police, but it’s drawing lots of gamblers. Described as a musical fable of Broadway, “Guys & Dolls” uses colorful characters to tell the story.

Featuring songs like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” the show is directed by Jim Johnson of Sheboygan and Roy Schwab of Plymouth.

Dan Hennell of Sheboygan plays Nathan Detroit, who facilitates the world’s longest running craps game. His long-suffering fiancée is show girl Miss Adelaide, played by Alexia Birenbaum of Random Lake. The charming professional gambler Sky Masterson (Ben Johnson of Sheboygan) locates the big craps game — but he also discovers Sarah Brown, leader of the Save-A-Soul Mission. The role of Sarah is double cast (played by Tiffany Tillman of Sheboygan and Mikayla Locke of Grafton).

Nathan’s gambling acquaintances include Nicely Nicely Johnson (Tom Kamenick of Saukville), Benny Southstreet (Duncan Doherty of Cascade), Rusty Charlie (David Quinn of Sheboygan), Harry the Horse (Levi Kohlmann of Sheboygan), Big Jule (Bob Eichner of Saukville) and Joey Biltmore (Kim Koeppen of Sheboygan Falls).

Other gamblers looking for action are Brandy Bottle Bates (Susan Johnson of Sheboygan), Angelo the Ox (Josh Bohnhoff of Plymouth), Dizzy Dicehead (Michael Koeppen of Sheboygan Falls), The Kewaskum Kid (Kaylee McCarty of Adell), Big Red (Maria Jensen of Adell), Curly Quick- Draw (Erin Koeppen of Sheboygan Falls) and Twinkle Toes Tommy (Lauren Kruse of Grafton).

Save-A-Soul Mission leaders include Arvide Abernathy (Brian Prestley of Sheboygan) and General Angela Cartwright (Cherrie Deavers of Adell). The mission band includes Karley Birenbaum and Emma Casper of Adell, Gavin Emmrich and Lena Stange of Random Lake, Rosie Klemm and Elaina Ternes of Cedar Grove, Emily Oppenheimer of Sheboygan Falls and Danielle Ehaney of Port Washington.

Investigating the floating gambling operation is Lt. Brannigan (Bob Deyo of Fredonia).

Adelaide’s Hot Box Dancers include Hanna Best of Random Lake, Kira Packard of Adell, Autumn Schultz of Sheboygan, Lauren Kruse of Grafton, Brynn Meyer of Waukesha and Rachel Brooks Gullickson of Green Bay.

Other mugs are played by Angel Martinez and Alex Schmit of Random Lake, Maria Jensen and Kaci Packard of Adell, Brooke Ehaney, Charlotte Ehaney and Amari Williams of Port Washington, Kaylin Eichner of Saukville, Mya Ternes of Cedar Grove, and Max Halle of Plymouth.

Brian Falk of Belgium steps out of his music director/orchestra conductor role to portray the Hot Box master of ceremonies. Rita Horstmeier of Random Lake makes a special appearance as Adelaide’s mother.

Bria Weyker of Random Lake is the assistant director/stage manager.

Rachel Brooks Gullickson of Green Bay is the choreographer.

The staff includes set director Mike Schwab of Random Lake, technical director Gary Lobermier of West Bend, costume director/designer Grace Jentsch of Adell, and props directors Bethanie Gist of Glendale and Kevin Parker of Fredonia.

Alexander Jentsch of Adell is the assistant technical director. Duncan Doherty of Cascade was the dialect coach.

Admission is $11 for adults and $6 for students/ children.

Tickets will be available at the door (advanced tickets are for sale at Doegnitz Ace Hardware, 115 Allen St., Random Lake).

This is the 23nd summer musical presented in Random Lake.

“Guys & Dolls” is based on two short stories by New York journalist Damon Runyon, “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure,” and it borrows characters from other Runyon tales.

For more information call 920/994-9244 or visit: www.lakeshoreproductions.org.

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