As we all know, FA has a wonderful theater program, which currently just finished the play “Much A Do About Nothing”. It was a fabulous production with great scenery, actors, actresses, singing, and choreography. All of the hard work that went into it paid off because the play was quite a success! The same dedication of students and faculty will be put into the winter production, “Guys and Dolls.”
“Guys and Dolls” is a musical that is based on “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure”, two short stories by Damon Runyon; music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. The Broadway musical first premiered in the 1950’s and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. “Guys and Dolls” is a fable about what happens to gambling men and the women who long to tame them. Set in the colorful world of New York City in the mid 20th century, the romantic and funny “Guys And Dolls” is populated with gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls and scantily clad showgirls, and one the great musical scores in the history of American theatre.
Tracey Foster, our head of Theater at FA, has chosen Guys and Dolls to be the winter play because she thinks it is a different type of play because there will be a lot more group singing and dancing. Only Upper School will participate and audition for the play. The students, faculty, and even parents have shown a huge interest: “people have come up to me and started singing songs from the musical. They just can’t wait to audition!” Tracey told me.
Tracey has yet to decide though, which route she will take the scenery in: Traditional vs. The FA way. For the traditional way, the scenery would be of New York City during the 1950’s, with a cartoon feeling and bright colors. The FA way would depict a realistic backdrop of New York City during the 1950’s with neon lights and rain reflected on white cement to represent a gritty look.
“Energy will keep going from the last play.” Tracey told me at the end of our discussion. There will be a tremendous amount of effort put into the play including Kimo, our choreographer, Mr. Liverani who is in charge of the band, and Mr. Regalman who will be in charge of all singing. The play will take place on February 9, 10, &11 at 7:30 p.m. Stayed tuned for more information regarding the play and even a couple of secrets! It’s going to be fabulous!