Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
July 25 – August 27
Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows
Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre, International
Music Theatre, International prohibits any changes to Guys and Dolls script or songs; therefore, this show is rated PG-13 for mature content. Call (800) 800-4942 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York!
Guys and Dolls is a musical based on short stories by Damon Runyon. The band members of the Save-a-Soul Mission, led by the pious and beautiful Sergeant Sarah Brown, call for sinners to "Follow the Fold" and repent. Petty gambler Nathan Detroit, runs an illegal floating crap game. Detroit enters into a bet with Sky Masterson in the hopes of continuing his game “under” the law. “A Bushel and a Peck,” “If I Were a Bell,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” are all-time musical theatre standards that are always hard to get out of your head.
A Note from the Director…
Guys and Dolls is a play about illicit love. Illicit? But that sounds so bad! But yes, the main relationship that grows between Sarah and Sky is forbidden by both of their life rules. For her, a staunch missionary; he is a gambler, a low live, dedicated to making a living off other people’s losses. For him, a devout gambler; she is a distraction and he even says to Nathan, “we got to remember that as pleasant as a doll’s company may be, she must always take second place to aces back to back.” Guys and Dolls lives in the world of Musical Comedies of Manners. These musicals, like the plays they resemble written by Sheridan, Goldsmith, Wilde, and later Wilder, concentrate on atmosphere, dialogue, and satire.
The authors make fun of characters who cannot achieve a societal norm. The lead characters ridicule society and sentimentalism with intelligence and wit. In the end, no amount of smarts can ever beat a hand loaded with love. Based on a short story by Damon Runyon, The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown, Guys and Dolls is set in a lush 1932 prohibition era New York City landscape full of gamblers, missionaries, police, and showgirls. In Runyon’s story, Sarah wins Sky’s devotion to the mission in a crap game.
At the end of the story, the reader finds out that Sky knew she was playing with loaded dice, and knew she would win. The musical fills out the atmosphere with an abundance of high and low life characters, who only increase the fun of sitting back for a few hours. If you miss a laugh line, don’t worry, another one is coming! Either way, in the words of Damon Runyon’s Sky, quoting the Gideon Bible, “Better is it, that thou shouldest not vow, than thou shouldest vow and not pay.” Tonight we hope you will smile and that your roll with be loaded with laughs.
Guys and Dolls Cast
Nathan Detroit………………………………………………...Trent Loggins
Nicely-Nicely Johnson…………………………………….Travis Bird
Benny Southstreet………………………………………….Martin Flowers
Rusty Charlie ………………………………………………... Pierre Cooks
Big Jule ……………………………………………………...... Ryan Schisler
Harry the Horse……………………………………………... Pierre Cooks
Sky Masterson ……………………………………………….. William Charles Pendergast
Miss Adelaide ……………………………………………….... Randa Mierhenry
Sarah Brown ……………………………………………………. Maggie Youngblood
Arvide Abernathy …………………………………………... Don Hart
Lt. Brannigan ………………………………………………... Justin Williams
General Carwright ……………………………………………. Katherine Barnes
Angie the Ox …………………………………………………. Jacob Clanton
The Hot Box Dancers……………………………………… Mikaela Brielle
The Mission Band ………………………………………….. Justin Williams
Executive Producer: Richard Pletcher
Artistic Director: Amber Burgess
Director / Choreographer: David Craven
Production Stage Manager: Garth Moritz
Set Designer: Richard Pletcher
Costume Designer: Ashley Alverth
Sound Designer: Shayna Graverson
Lighting Designer: Riley Woods
Costume Assistant / Wardrobe: Mikaela Brielle
Properties Master: Ryan Schisler
Box Office Manager: Tania Kuhn
Legal Representation: Dumler & Giroux, NYC
Archive Videographer: Ryan Schisler
Please be advised: Guys and Dolls uses theatrical effects, including a gunshot.
"Overture" – Orchestra
"Runyonland" – Orchestra
"Fugue for Tinhorns" – Nicely, Benny, Rusty
"Follow the Fold" – Sarah, Mission Band
"The Oldest Established" – Nathan, Nicely, Benny, Guys
"I'll Know" – Sarah, Sky
"A Bushel and a Peck" – Miss Adelaide, Hot Box Girls
"Adelaide's Lament" – Miss Adelaide
"Guys and Dolls" – Nicely, Benny
"Havana" – Orchestra
"If I Were a Bell" – Sarah
"My Time of Day" – Sky, Sarah
There will be a ten minute intermission
"Take Back Your Mink" – Miss Adelaide, Hot Box Girls
"Adelaide's Second Lament" – Miss Adelaide
"More I Cannot Wish You" – Arvide
"Crapshooters Ballet" – Orchestra
"Luck Be a Lady" – Sky, Guys
"Sue Me" – Miss Adelaide, Nathan
"Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" – Nicely, Company
"Marry the Man Today" – Miss Adelaide, Sarah
"Guys and Dolls (Reprise)" – Company
Meet The Cast
Katherine Barnes (General Cartwright) holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University. Originally from Missouri, she now resides in Chicago. Katherine is ecstatic to return to the Round Barn Theatre as a core company member for the 2017 season. She was last seen on the Joseph Stein stage in A Christmas Story The Musical (Mrs. Schwartz/Chief Elf/Nurse.) Other credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (Yente), Nuncrackers (Sister Mary Hubert), The Odd Couple (Cecily Pigeon), 110 in the Shade (Mrs. Jenkins/Ensemble), The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West), Jack and the Beanstalk (Narrator/Lucia), and Paradigm (Cecilia/Erica).
Mikaela Brielle (Hot Box Girl) is from the Atlanta area and recently graduated from Valdosta State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She loves singing, playing guitar, creating art of all kinds, and exploring everything that the world has to offer. Meeting new people is her favorite, so come say hello! She is incredibly grateful for the love and unending support of her friends and family.
Kristin Brintnall (Hot Box Girl) is thrilled to be returning to the Round Barn stage this season! Her previous Round Barn credits include Fiddler on the Roof and A Christmas Story. Other regional credits include Big Fish at Big Noise Theatre, Next Thing You Know at Steel Beam Theatre and The Music Man at North Central College. A proud 2016 graduate of Millikin University, her collegiate credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), The Addams Family (Alice Beineke), An Evening With Andrew Lippa, Machinal, and Cinderella. For more information, please visit kristinbrintnall.com. She would like to thank the Round Barn Theatre staff, cast and production team for their wonderful work, and her supportive family and friends. Thank you and enjoy the show!
Jacob Clanton (Angie the Ox) Jacob is from Conway, AR and is currently studying musical theatre at the University of Memphis. Last summer he was seen at the Ohio Light Opera in Annie Get Your Gun, La Vie Parisienne, Kiss Me Kate and several others. Other roles include: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Gabe in next to normal, Albert in The Secret Garden, Marius in Les Miserablés, and Jack in Into the Woods. He would like to thank his family and friends, as well as the amazing cast and crew. God is good!
Martin Flowers (Benny Southstreet) is incredibly grateful to return to the Round Barn Theatre for the full 2017 season! Growing up in Nappanee, Martin graduated from NorthWood High School in 2012. He then attended Goshen College, where he studied Theatre and Music. He made his debut on the Joseph Stein Stage in the summer of 2016 as Jimmy in Crazy for You and Mendel in Fiddler on the Roof. Favorite roles include Vince in Tape, Brutus in Julius Caesar, and The Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice. In his free time, Martin enjoys running, playing video games, and playing music with his brother. He would like to thank his family, friends, and girlfriend for their support, as well as his mentors in the area who have helped him get to this point.
Trent Loggins (Nathan Detroit) was last seen on the Round Barn Stage during their 2013 season, and is thrilled to be back for this production of Guys and Dolls! He graduated from University of Montevallo In 2012 with a BFA in Musical Theatre and has spent the last five years performing and teaching musical theatre, children's theatre, and improv comedy all over the country. Some favorite regional credits include: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers at The Round Barn Theatre; Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged and Radio Ridiculous at The REP Theatre; and Young Abe Lincoln at BCT. When not onstage, Trent enjoys video games, writing sketch comedy, and playing/composing music. He would like to thank Amber for this wonderful opportunity, and his family and friends for their continued love and support!
Don Hart (Arvide Abernathy) is celebrating his 11th year of professional acting which began right here at The Round Barn Theatre in 2007 when he 1st portrayed Isaac Miller in Plain and Fancy and Eddie in Pump Boys and Dinettes. Other highlights include: Henry in The Fantasticks (2008), Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance (2009), Herb, the radio soundman in Miracle on 34th Street (2012), Papa Yoder in Plain and Fancy (2013), Captain of the Guard in Shrek The Musical (2014), Mark Twain in Twain’s Tale of Tom and Huck, Eli Whitney in Anything Goes (2015), Sherriff Earl in All Shook Up, and the Chinese Waiter and Santa Claus in A Christmas Story (2016). He's excited about the 2nd decade of his acting career, and which roles will become highlights from it. Enjoy the journey: Life is a great ride!
Ryan Schisler (Big Julie) is an actor/singer/director from Owensboro, KY and is thrilled to be back at the Round Barn Theatre for his 3rd year! A graduate from Murray State University, Ryan studied Television Production and there discovered his love and passion for the Theatre. Ryan has worked at numerous theatre's around the US, his most recent one being Nebraska Theatre Caravan where he toured the East Coast performing as the Ghost Of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol. Previously, you may have seen Ryan as Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins or Reverend Oglethorpe in Smoke on the Mountain - among many other shows. Ryan would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support, “I couldn’t do it without all of you!”
Akira Watanabe (Hot Box Dancer) just graduated from University of Nebraska Kearney this May, 2017. She is originally from Japan, and has a bachelor of Music with Musical Theatre comprehensive major. She has appeared as a dancer and choreographer for UNK dance concerts, and played Maxine in the UNK main stage musical production, How I Became a Pirate. Last summer, she joined the company of Crane River Theater for productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Wizard of Oz. She has also served as choreographer for She Loves Me at Kearney Community Theatre. Akira has been chosen to participate as a performer at regional conferences of ACDA and KCACTF. She is really thrilled to be on the stage of the Round Barn Theatre. She wishes all audience to have a great time!
Justin Williams (Lieutenant Brannigan) is from Granger, IN and is thrilled to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre. Some of his favorite roles here at the Round Barn include Pinnochio in Shrek, Laurie Laurence in Little Women, and Peter Reber in Plain and Fancy. Justin would like to thank his family for their never ending support.
Meet the Creative Team
Ashley Alverth (Costume Designer) is an Illinois based artist who graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg. She has previously worked in the costume departments of The Elgin Opera, Carmel Montessori Academy and the film Ovid and the Art of Love. Her designs made their debut at the Round Barn Theater last year with the Theatre for Young Audiences productions of Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck and Ms Nelson has a Field Day along with the final production of the season A Christmas Story. If you would like to see more of Ashley's work, check out her website ashleyalverthdesign.com
Julie Lyn Barber (Music Director) has served as music director for numerous professional, college, and community productions including The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, Seussical, and The Rocky Horror Show. She recently choreographed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and directed Guys and Dolls at Western Kentucky University, where she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance. She has played “Berenice” in the Indianapolis production of Cabaret Poe since 2009. At The Round Barn, she played Katie in Plain and Fancy, Inez in The Baker’s Wife, and the Narrator in Joseph … Dreamcoat. Her degrees include a Doctor of Arts from Ball State University, Master of Music from Southern Illinois University, Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia, and a piano certificate from the Western Conservatory of Music. www.JulieLynBarber.net
Amber Burgess (Artistic Director) studied Musical Theatre at Millikin University (IL), and also has a B.A. in Social Sciences from Ashford University (IA). Originally from North Dakota, Amber began her career on the stage 31 years ago (in the same year Plain and Fancy opened here at RBT). Amber first appeared on the Joseph Stein Stage as a weekend replacement for Aida back in 2005. Since then she has directed, costume designed, played violin for, and acted in some of her best and most memorable work here at Amish Acres. Favorite RBT roles include the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, June Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain, Betty Haynes in White Christmas and last year’s practically perfect Mary Poppins. Favorite RBT directing projects include Little Women, Sisters of Swing, Shrek and 9 to 5.
David Craven (Director / Choreographer) David is thrilled to be directing his 8th show at the Round Barn Theatre. Previous directed shows include Church Basement Ladies, Barefoot in the Park, Plain and Fancy 2010 - 2012, The Foreigner and The Old Rugged Cross. David has a BS in Architecture Design from Georgia Tech and a MFA in Directing Theatre from Minnesota State University, Mankato. David’s favorite direction jobs include: Showboat, Church Basement Ladies (3 productions), Forever Plaid (2 productions), Anything Goes (2 productions), Into the Woods, Reckless (2 productions), Oleanna, Plain and Fancy (4 productions), and The Rink. David is a proud member of Actors Equity and his favorite acting roles include : Fred / Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate, Sam in Mamma Mia, Gallahad in Spamalot, Smudge in Forever Plaid (5 productions) and Plaid Tidings, Curly in Oklahoma (3 productions), Pharaoh in Joseph..., El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Jerry in The Full Monty, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense Amen!, Billy in Carousel, Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees, and Jesus in Godspell. David owns Atlanta’s largest caroling company, Like the Dickens. Visit Like the Dickens online at www.LiketheDickens.com .
Shayna Graverson (Audio Engineer/ASM) is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in Audio Engineering. Shayna was born and raised near RBT in Bremen, where she found her passion for music. She was in both choir and band, and also ran the sound for Bremen's musical productions. Graverson is thrilled to be working for RBT with the tech team. In Shayna's spare time she enjoys playing and watching soccer, viewing movies, listening/playing/recording/mixing music and being out in nature. Graverson's favorite part of audio is the mixing process and aspires to mix audios for movies in the future.
Garth Moritz (Production Stage Manager) is originally from Arkansas, but has been living and working in Chicago for the past three years. Chicago Credits include "Singin' In The Rain" and "How to Succeed..." at The Marriott Theater, "Sweeny Todd" with Porchlight Music Theatre," and "Les Miserables" with Different Stages Theatre in Huntington, IN, as well as many others.
Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father, LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored, and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 31 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members.
Plain and Fancy's Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres. At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 150 Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina and a Second Stage production of Enter Laughing. In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina.
Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.
Riley Woods (Lighting Designer) Riley Woods is a recent graduate from Goshen College, with a degree in Theater, concentration in design and tech. His main focus is in lighting design, but he is also interested in stage management. He has been lighting designer at Goshen College for all four years, with six mainstage designs, in addition to numerous one-acts and senior theater recitals. Favorites include Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, Godspell (2012 Revised Version) by Stephen Schwartz, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, Kindertransport by Diane Samuels, and Tape by Stephen Belber. He has also completed his own senior theater recital. Although Woods is from the small town of North Manchester, Indiana, he hopes to move to a big city, and end up freelance lighting design and stage management. This show at Round Barn Theatre will be a great addition to his resume.
Theme Dinner: July 28
A white tablecloth event to celebrate The Round Barn Theatre productions through menus conceived by Richard Pletcher and created by chef Ruth Miller. Show references and double entendres, no matter how obscure or ridiculous, are often highlighted in bold letters. Recipes are prepared by Ruth, whose sense of humor is stirred into the pot and skillet. All menu items are subject to change by the whim of the chef. The responsibility for such frovility rests soley with Richard Pletcher.
For reservations call (800) 800-4942
|New York Strip|
|with Sarah Brown Gravy|
|Pork Got the Chops|
|Damon Runyon's Onions|
|Sister Sarah Spinich|
|Spill the Beans|
|Luck Be a Lady Fingers|
|Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'|
|Iced Tea With Mint|
|Round Barn Craft Beers (extra charge)|
|Round Barn Wines (extra charge)|