Runnels Theater to present ‘Guys and Dolls’ in September _lowres

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Jay Curry as Nathan Detroit and Ona Robbins as Miss Adelaide prepare for the upcoming Runnels Theater community production of Guys and Dolls.

The award-winning musical comedy “Guys and Dolls” is coming to the stage of the Runnels Theater for the Performing Arts for three performances in September.

Featuring a cast and crew of Runnels faculty, staff, parents, alumni, ninth- through 12th-grade students and local actors and musicians, “Guys and Dolls” is the seventh in a series of annual Runnels Theater community productions.

Set in the nightclubs, restaurants and drugstores of after-hours Broadway in the 1930s, the play features a colorful crowd of genial hustlers, gamblers, showgirls and cops, a news release from the school said.

The story follows the action of small-time grifter Nathan Detroit, who runs “the oldest established, permanent floating craps game in New York” as he hunts for a safe place to hold a high-stakes dice game, the release said. Meanwhile, Sky Masterson, a big time gambler, tries to win a $1,000 bet with Nathan that he can make the next girl he sees fall in love with him. When the girl turns out to be Miss Sarah Brown, head do-gooder at the Save-a-Soul Mission, things get complicated.

Based on stories and characters by American writer Damon Runyon, the show also features dance numbers, a band and a playlist of memorable songs, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “I’ve Never Been in Love Before.”

Heading the cast are Jay Curry as Nathan Detroit, Ona Robbins as Miss Adelaide, Runnels alumna Emily Gyan as Miss Sarah Brown and actor Will Thomas as Sky Masterson.

Cast members include Shawn Worsham as Nicely-Nicely, David Randall as Benny Southwest, Ben Carpenter as Rusty Charlie, Brett Beoubay as Harry the Horse, Ron Miller as Arvide Abernathy, Michelle Dearie as Agatha, Anne Woods as General Cartwright and Jennifer Carpenter as Mimi.

Playing the Hot Box Girls are ensemble cast members Griffin Gowdy, Nicole Gardana, McKenzie Mayeaux, Jessica Martell, Suzi Brown, Claire Gowdy, Pamela Gyan, Monique Muller, Neely Martin Whitaker, Julie Martin and Jenny Petty.

The Mission Band includes Laura Hernandez, Kyle Alexander and Amber Ellwood; and playing the Crap Shooters are Max Morgan, Jarrett LaBonne, Caleb Manning, Everett Hibner and John Wiese.

Directing the show is Runnels Theater Program Chairwoman Neena Kelfstrom, with vocal direction by Johnice Thoms. Runnels alumna Madeline Arboneaux is the stage manager, and senior Allie Nicholson will perform the duties of assistant stage manager.

Playing in the “Guys and Dolls” band are Garrett Miller, Ashley Stansbury, Brandon Kelfstrom, Michael Martinez, Ross Stephens, Austin Stansbury, Sam Day, Emma Shupe, Luc Kharey, Andrew Mitchell, Alex Stansbury, Connor Matthews, John Baird, Bob Cameron, Gwen Thompson. Jill Swetman is the musical director.

Show times are 7 p.m. Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 and 2 p.m. Sept. 28.

Tickets purchased in advance are $12 for adults and $10 for students. At the door, all tickets are $12.

Purchase advance tickets in the Runnels High School office or by calling (225) 751-2192.

For information, email Neena Kelfstrom at n.kelfstrom