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  • Meet the ‘Guys and Dolls’ of Smyrna High School

  • Nathan Detroit isn’t just sweating. He’s practically strapped to a rotisserie, these days. And it doesn’t seem like the heat could die down fast enough for him, as he continues to play with fire in Smyrna High School’s rendition of Damon Runyon and Frank Loesser’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning musical “Guys and Dolls,” which debuts Friday, May 4.


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  • Nathan Detroit isn’t just sweating. He’s practically strapped to a rotisserie, these days. And it doesn’t seem like the heat could die down fast enough for him, as he continues to play with fire in Smyrna High School’s rendition of Damon Runyon and Frank Loesser’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning musical “Guys and Dolls,” which debuts Friday, May 4.
    Itchy fingers
    Set in New York City in the 1940s, the musical tells the story about how Detroit’s fiancé of 14 years, Miss Adelaide, has painted a rosy picture of their relationship to her parents. Referring to her invisible canvas, she describes to her parents how she and Detroit are enjoying a successful marriage with a full house of children. Adding to the picturesque image of living in Pleasantville, Adelaide regrets to inform mom and dad she’s earning a living as a hotbox dancer, while her pretend hubby brings home the bacon as a professional gambler.
    Feeling intense pressure to tie the knot with Adelaide and go straight, Detroit can’t pass up an opportunity to host an illegal crap game. However, the intimidating Lt. Brannigan has injected fear into the hearts of the gatekeepers who usually hold Detroit’s games, thus forcing him to find another venue to run it at.
    While this serves as the crux of “Guys and Dolls,” the rigmarole in the show is nonstop, coupled with a goody bag of catchy Broadway tunes including Frank Sinatra’s “Luck Be A Lady.”
    All things considered, it’s pretty understandable why Smyrna High actress Georgina Class-Peters, 17, her castmates and the show’s directors (Christine Isom and Stephen Hailey) wanted to bring the musical to town.  WHAT Smyrna High School Drama Club musical “Guys and Dolls”
    WHEN 7 p.m., Friday, May 4; 7 p.m., Saturday, May 5; 7 p.m., Friday, May 11; 7 p.m., Saturday, May 12
    WHERE Smyrna High School, 500 Duck Creek Parkway, Smyrna
    COST $5 students; $7 adults
    INFO smyrna.k12.de.us or call 653-8581
    “’Guys and Dolls’ attracted us because it’s different,” Class-Peters said. “It’s fun. It’s a challenge and we’re always looking for challenges.”
    Man up
    It’s like the cast took heed to the scripture from the Good Book in Matthew chapter seven, verse seven (“seek and ye will find”) because they certainly found the “challenge” they were looking for.
    Despite being titled “Guys and Dolls,” when it came time to host auditions for the show, it was clear the cast was going to be comprised of more Barbies than Kens. Therefore many of the girls in the show had to man up and assume male roles, including Class-Peters, who’s cast as Gen. Cartwright.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The cast has all been very wonderful and flexible,” said co-director Christine Isom, adding she knew the dainty Class-Peters would thrive in the role of Cartwright. “We knew she had to be Gen. Cartwright. She’s got the feisty personality for it. She’s wonderful.”
    Class-Peters is feeling her role. 
    “I like accepting a challenge,” Class-Peters echoed. “I like going out of who I am; and that’s what acting is all about. If I have to play a man, then so be it.”
    Come opening night, the senior is going to be “the man” on stage... sort of.
    “I’m going to be a man,” she said. “But I’m going to make it a lady.”
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