Theatre group hopes luck will be a lady

Guys and Dolls logo
Guys and Dolls logo

MEMBERS of Brighouse Theatre Productions are hoping luck will be on their side when they start rehearsals for their next production - the musical ‘Guys and Dolls’.

The theatre group is about to start its search for cast members for the popular show and parts for men and women are up for grabs.

‘Luck be a lady tonight’ is a line from one of the show’s fast-paced musical numbers - and the theatre group hopes to be lucky in attracting people keen to the stage at Brighouse Civic Theatre in October.

There will be an opportunity to sing through the musical numbers, meet the director and musical director and pick up audition material on Tuesday, March 15 in the Civic Hall at 7.30pm.

Auditions will be held in the Civic Hall on Sunday, March 27.

Publicity officer Margaret Hallatt said: “We are especially keen to attract men to play the members of Nathan Detroit’s gambling gang.

These have such fabulous names as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Big Jule and Harry the Horse.

“There are some great parts for men and women and some superb, toe-tapping songs.”

‘Guys and Dolls’ was adapted from a couple of short stories by Damon Runyan and received its first performance on Broadway in 1950.

It ran for 1,200 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

The story revolves around gambler Nathan Detroit who enters into a bet with his friend Sky Masterson that he can’t make the next girl he sees fall in love with him.

When that girl happens to be the prim and proper Salvation Army girl Sarah Brown, Nathan is left with more of a challenge than he anticipated.

The successful 1955 film version of ‘Guys and Dolls’ starred Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. Ian Stead will direct the show for Brighouse Theatre Productions and David Root will be musical director. Both men will hope to repeat the success of last year’s popular ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

‘Guys and Dolls’ will be presented in Brighouse from October 11 to 16.

Anyone interested in taking part, either as chorus member or principal, should contact secretary Lynn Taylor on 01484 719689 as soon as possible.

As well as actors and singers, volunteers are also needed to help with the many behind the scenes jobs - scenery painting, costume-making, props, make-up, publicity and so on.

“Members who have been with the group for many years will testify to the fun and friendship to be had from belonging to such a theatre group and the satisfaction gained from bringing pleasure to Brighouse audiences over the years.”