Originally Published: June 22, 2014 6 a.m.
Young Park Avenue Theater thespians will present the junior version of the iconic play, "Guys and Dolls," June 26, 27 and 28 at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
This play has often been described as the "perfect musical comedy." It first opened on Broadway in 1950 and has had several successful Broadway revivals and tours ever since. Park Avenue Theater's production features 34 children and teens from the greater Prescott area.
"Guys and Dolls Jr." is set in New York in the 1940s and features the unlikely romance between Sarah Brown, a straight-laced missionary (alternately played by Rebecca Adam and Odessa Klugston) and Sky Masterson, a streetwise Broadway gambler (Bleiz Rech.) The show's second romantic storyline involves con-man Nathan Detroit (Aiden Montgomery) and nightclub attraction Miss Adelaide (alternately played by Alexa Reid and Kat Hammer) who have been engaged for 14 years.
As is often the case with shows at Park Avenue Theater, many of the actors have the opportunity to play more than one character during the show. In "Guys and Dolls Jr," Several girls play gangsters in a crap game, then minutes later, dancers at the local nightclub.
Debbie Place is the show's musical director, and Kelsey Diefendorf is the choreographer.
The audience can expect to hear favorite songs in Guys and Dolls, such as Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat and Luck Be a Lady.
The shows begin at 7 p.m Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They are available at Trinity Presbyterian Church, corner of Park Avenue and Copper Basin Road, or at the door before each performance.