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Guys and Dolls - One4Review

A highly spirited production of Frank Loesser’s musical set in 1950’s New York, played by a company of young performers either current or past members of Merchiston Castle School and St.George’s School for Girls. The story follows the unlikely romance between big time gambler Sky Masterson, played by Ben Talbott, and Salvation Army missionary Sarah Brown, played by Jacqui Sutherland. The secondary love interest is between craps game organiser Nathan Detroit (Richard Muckle) and night club singer Miss Adelaide (Stephanie Noble). All the principals play their roles effectively with Richard Muckle revealing a real and mature comic talent. The principals are well supported by the minor characters, particularly Archie Millar as Nicely-Nicely. The song and dance numbers are performed competently, although the musical numbers did stretch the singers vocal range. The Guys especially threw themselves whole heartedly into the dance sequences. The pick of the musical performances is ‘Sit down your rocking the boat’, where song and action are well coordinated. Tight direction ensures the show proceeds with pace from the start to the big finale. Well done to the company for presenting enjoyable and energetic musical theatre.  ***

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