May 11 2011 12:00 AM

Holt-Dimondale Players bets on ’Guys and Dolls’


"Guys and Dolls" is a story of gamblers,
police, mission workers and a game of craps — and, according to producer
Gary Mitchell, the show ultimately gives us a message about the
sanctity of marriage. 

The Holt & Dimondale Community Players is bringing back the glitz, glamour and gambling of a bygone era, beginning Thursday.

Sixty-one years after it debuted on
Broadway, "Guys and Dolls" is what Mitchell calls the “quintessential
musical,” and has since been performed on stage more than any other
musical, with numerous Broadway revivals over the years. Its characters
are based on the creations of novelist Damon Runyon, and its score —
which includes "Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat," "I’ve Never Been in
Love Before," "I’ll Know" and "Luck Be a Lady" — comes from the
legendary Frank Loesser

The Holt & Dimondale version,
directed by Michael Zamora, features a young cast, adding a few of
Zamora’s own fresh twists to the script.

“Theatergoers are going to see a
different kind of production,” said Mitchell, who is also acting in the
musical. “It’s loyal to the script and to the score, but a little
different in the dancing and the makeup of the characters.” 

 Actual performances are simple compared to the preparations for a musical, Mitchell said.

“Shows are easy,” Mitchell said. “It’s
the rehearsal process that is most time-consuming and tiring. Our plan
right now is to run the show between now and opening night and fine tune
it as much as possible.” 

Chad DeKatch plays professional gamble
Sky Masterson, with Rachael Raymer as Salvation Army worker Sarah Brown,
who makes it her mission to reform Sky and his cronies. Keith Gracia
Wing and Kate Stachiewitz Tykocki take on the roles of Nathan Detroit
and his longtime sweetheart Adelaide.

The show co-stars Jack Preiss, Dale
Powell, Matt Land, Andrew Snyder, Jennifer Warncke Miller, Adam Carlson,
Anthony DeRosa, Kurk Prater, Becca Bauer and Erica Johnson.

All revenues raised by the event go to support the Holt Public Schools.

’Guys and Dolls’
Holt & Dimondale Community Players
7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through May 21; 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, May 21
Holt Junior High School, 1784 Aurelius Road, Holt
$12 adults; $8 students and seniors
(517) 694-3411