Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Guys and Dolls in Budleigh Salterton

The nice young people from London's Imperial College Operatic Society are back in town to entertain us with another sparkling production. They actually call themselves Musical Theatre Tour and have an excellent new website at http://mtsoc.co.uk/tour/ They've been faithful to Budleigh for over 40 years.

This time, as they say, "Gangsters, gambling and glamour are coming to Budleigh Salterton with their production of 'Guys and Dolls'."

This celebrated Broadway musical set in the prohibition era is based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon, and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrowes, and has music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.

Here's director Seb Junemann's helpful synopsis:

"Nathan Detroit is running out of places to run his secret, underground, floating craps game. Only a crazy bet with a high roller like Sky Masterson will earn him the cash he needs in time to set up the game. But when Nathan bets Sky that he can't woo the pure-hearted, local mission worker Sarah Brown, he finds that he may have underestimated Sky; and Sky may have underestimated love's ability to sneak up on you when you least expect it.

Colourful characters, a fast paced plot, dialogue dripping with wit and show-stopping musical numbers such as 'Luck be a Lady Tonight' and 'Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat' make Guys and Dolls as popular today as it was when it was released over 60 years ago.

Guys and Dolls at work in the Public Hall getting ready for the show. It looked like chaos when I took the photo a few days ago but they told me it was highly organised

Performances in the Public Hall are from 4–6, and 9–13 August, at 7.30pm.
There are no performances on 7 or 8 August and a Matinée on 11 August.
Tickets: £10 (matinĂ©e £7.50), available from Budleigh Tourist Information (01395 445275).

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