USC Beaufort’s Center for the Arts opens its exciting new season at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 with Beaufort Theatre Company’s performance of “Guys and Dolls.”
Guys and Dolls is an award-winning musical that gambles with luck and love under the bright lights of 1940s Broadway, featuring such classic hit songs as “Luck Be a Lady,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” “If I Were a Bell,” and “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat”
Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, “Guys and Dolls” is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit (Mark Erickson), tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer Adelaide (Valencia King), laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years.
Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson (Henry Drier) for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown (Anna Booman), as a result. “Guys and Dolls” takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.
Cast members include local residents D’ymante Scotland, Alex Long, Anna Booman, Elaine Lake, Marshall Williams, Mike McFee, Henry Dreier, Valencia King, Mark Erickson, Greg Rawls, Carol Miller, Dakota Wright, Ivan Estrada, Christi Barr, Jenny Dibble, Sara-Rose Lyda, Lauren Tillapaugh, Caroline Fonseca, and Barry Reese.
“Guys and Dolls” is based on a book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling. The music and lyrics were created by Frank Loesser and based on The Idyll of Sarah Brown and characters by Damon Runyon.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Sept. 17, 23 and 24 and 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18 and 25. Go to www.USCBCenterForTheArts.com for tickets.