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December 12, 2013

New Washington High School opens “Guys and Dolls” Dec. 13

NEW WASHINGTON — A bet to finance a game of craps turns into an unexpected romance when a gambler falls for a missionary girl he takes to Havana.

New Washington Middle/High School’s Drama Club will host a production of “Guys and Dolls” on Friday and Saturday. The show, set in 1940’s New York, is the first Broadway-style production the troupe has ever performed.

Director Patty Simmonds said though the students needed more intense rehearsals than they normally do for their junior productions, they’ve done a good job with the show.

“They needed a lot of coaching on theater basics and choreography, but they’ve really come a long way,” Simmonds said. “I’m proud of the work they’ve done.”

Bailey Meenach, a senior, president of the club and an actor in the show, said since the students involved in the show are only in a club instead of a theater class, they don’t get as much time to practice for the curtain call.

“It makes our rehearsals a lot longer than they would be at Jeffersonville High School or Silver Creek,” Meenach said. “We really have to ramp it up at practice because we really don’t get to work on it during the day.”

But students aren’t the only ones putting on the show, several adults have taken scripts to help out with some of the roles.

“We got a lot of community support and a lot of adults have jumped in to help us,” Simmonds said.

Carla Hobson, the school’s vice principal, plays General Cartwright and Sandra Schurr, a special education teacher at the school, is also participating.

Attendees can also donate to Aiden’s LEGO Legacy, a program that donates LEGO toys to children with cancer, at the doors.

The show will be held at 7 tonight and Saturday. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.

SHOWTIMES

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m.

TICKETS:

Adults: $6

Children 12 and younger: $4

LEGO toys will also be collected for Aiden’s LEGO Legacy, which gives the toys to children with cancer. Drop them off at both productions of the show or at Jeffersonville High School until Dec. 20.

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