Dancing feast for Guys and Dolls
THE musical Guys and Dolls has a reputation for quality dance segments and musical numbers.
The Rockhampton Musical Union Choir’s production is certainly no exception, featuring the talent of local dance teacher Natalie Latimer.
As choreographer and co-director, Natalie has been preparing some amazing routines for the show, which will be staged at the Pilbeam Theatre in the first week of September.
Well-known local dancer/teacher Michael Robertson, who plays the role of Nathan Detroit, said the show had more dancing in it than 42nd Street.
“And I thought that was a dancing show,” he said with a laugh.
Michael is looking forward to returning to the stage after taking a break for several years.
Based on the Damon Runyan book, Guys and Dolls recounts the story of New York gambler Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss Adelaide (Melissa Fenlon), and his efforts to arrange an illegal crap game for visiting hoodlum, Big Jule (Mary Tait).
Adelaide is a dancer at local club the Hot Box, providing plenty of opportunities for spectacular routines – opportunities exercised beautifully by Natalie.
Nathan tries to get the money needed for the proposed venue for the crap game from local gambler Sky Masterson (Julian Luke), making a wager that Sky can’t win over beautiful Salvation Army officer Sergeant Sarah Brown (Sharnee O’Donnell).
The status of the bet, the crap-game and the end of the 14-year engagement of Nathan and Adelaide results in much confusion.
Well-known Guys and Dolls numbers include A Bushel and a Peck; Adelaide’s Lament; Luck be a Lady; and Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.
Choir member Pat McKenna is co-directing with Natalie Latimer.
IF YOU GO
What: Rockhampton Musical Union Choir’s production of Guys and Dolls
When: September 2 to 4
Where: Pilbeam Theatre
Cost: Adult $45, Pensioner /Unemployed /Student $38
Tickets: From the theatre at www.pilbeamtheatre.com.au or 4927 4111