Guys and Dolls

In June 2009 the Theatre Company of Saugus presented Guys and Dolls, the classic American musical about gamblers and their girlfriends. With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, based on stories by Damon Runyon, the show was first produced in 1950. It won the Tony award for Best Musical, and has been revived on Broadway several times. Set in a mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy is considered by many to be the “perfect musical comedy” (Daily News). Variety said “One of the funniest and most melodious shows in seasons. Everything about it seems practically perfect.”

Terrie Bater was the director and choreographer of Guys and Dolls. Terrie was the choreographer of our recent productions of From Broadway to Hollywood and Pirates of Penzance. The musical director was David Colpitts, who was in Pirates. The stage manager was Jessica Stockton. The performance venue was Belmonte Middle School, in Saugus, Mass.

The principal cast members of Guys and Dolls: Tanya Portalla as Miss Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; Mike Sakovich as Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game; Danielle Sosnowski as Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” out to reform the evildoers of Times Square; and James Murphy as Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love.

Other cast members included the Gamblers: Brian Cippoletta as Angie the Ox, Chris Coughlin as Benny Southstreet , Bobby Imperato as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Mike Michaud as Rusty Charlie, Steve Russo as Big Jule, John Sarantos as Harry The Horse; also Josh Black. The Missionaries: Amanda Allen as Agatha; Bob Blatchford as Arvide Abernathy, Ginny LeBlanc as General Matilda Cartwright, Loretta Potash as Martha; also Laura Conway and Elissa O’Donnell. The Hot Box Girls: Carolina Lanney as Mimi, Grace Clark, Brooke Goetz, Patricia Ferris, Amanda Heimbecker, and Chris Vander Rhodes. Fred Nuzzo as Lt. Brannigan. The Ensemble includes: Joanne Fafard, William Fafard, Jean Harris, Leslie Lemerise, Larry Segel, and Nancy Welch.