posted May 27, 2003

"Guys and Dolls" Launches HSRT

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT) opens another great year of theatre with the legendary Broadway musical, "Guys and Dolls" at 8 p.m. on June 13 at the DeWitt theatre.

"Guys and Dolls" runs in rotation from June 13 to August 1, and features hit songs like "Luck Be A Lady," and "Sit Down, Your're Rockin' the Boat."

While Nathan Detroit is trying to find a location for "the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York," he makes a bet with gambler Sky Masterson. Masterson must convince Sarah Brown to go to Havanah on a date with him.

But Miss Sarah Brown is a Sergeant in the Save-A-Soul Mission, and winning her over is a harder task than Masterson expects. In other words, the stage is set for all the hilarious complications of love.

A dream cast has been put together for this opening show, including five Equity Guest Artists.HSRT welcomes back comedy genius Dana Synder as Nathan Detroit. Snyder's roles in "The Mystery of Irma Vep," "Rumors," and "Charley's Aunt" have created a strong following. Other Equity Guest Artists include Chip DuFord, David Colacci, and Mark Goetzinger.

Appearing in his first HSRT production, Equity Guest Artist Andrew Fullerton plays Sky Masterson, joined by another premiere talent, Christine Patterson as Sarah Brown. Cat Maddox ("Charley's Aunt," "Honk") returns for her second season as Nathan Detroit's fiancé of 14 years, Adelaide. Director Roger DeLaurier ("Charley's Aunt") returns to HSRT for his second season.

"Guys and Dolls" is based on a story by Damon Runyon, and features the music and lyrics of Frank Loesser. Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows wrote the book for the musical.

"Guys and Dolls" runs on June 13, 14, 17-19, 23, 25, July 1, 3, 8, 10, 16, 19, 22, 24, 29, and August 1. All shows are at 8 p.m. In addition, there is a 2 p.m. matinee on July 29.

Tickets are also available for the other great HSRT mainstage shows, including the comedy, "Game of Love and Chance," the courtroom drama of "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial," and the family musical, "Once Upon A Mattress."

HSRT's "second stage" show is the moving September 11 story, "The Guys," while Holland's Park Theatre is the newest home of the popular cabaret, "The World Goes 'Round."

The Children's Performance Troupe is presenting Kevin Henkes' "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse," and the classic tale of "Androcles and the Lion."

Tickets are available now. The ticket office is located in the DeWitt Center, on the Hope College campus, at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue in Holland. Prices range from $8-$25 for musicals, and $8-$18 for plays. Season coupons, ranging from $42-$60 are also available. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and one hour before all showtimes. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 616-395-7890.