The CHS Drama Department performed a musical on the 9th and 10th of November called “Guys and Dolls.” The original musical premiered on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on November 24, 1950, and was directed by George S. Kaufman. It ran for a stunning 1,200 performances, won five 1951 Tony awards including “Best Musical,” and was adapted into a movie starring iconic actors and actresses Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine. The musical performed by the students features songs such as “Follow the Fold”, “I’ll Know”, “A Bushel and a Peck”, “Luck be a Lady”, and “If I Were a Bell.”
When asked why he chose this musical specifically, Mr. Rhoadarmer elaborated that he, “Thought that this show has a lot of good, fun characters and I thought it would be one that the students can really embrace.” He also explained that it was a sort of compromise between the one he was set on and the one Mrs. Rhoadarmer wanted. After the show, Mr. Rhoadarmer reflected, “I was really pleased with the way it turned out. It’s a lot of hard work, but the students really pulled together and did a nice job with it.” He admitted that because it was a long show, it made it harder to pull things together with people being busy with other activities or being ill.
Victoria (Grey) Smith, who played Arvide Abernathy in the musical, says her favorite scene of the musical is “Sit Down, Quit Rocking the Boat” because it was a funny and exciting scene and because it was the only one she danced in. Personally, she had to overcome the difficulty of “portraying my character properly” since it was her first time having a speaking part. Even Mr. Rhoadarmer has a favorite scene, actually multiple. He really liked the Havannah scene and thought it came together great, but also commented that there was “a lot of emotion and the girls did a great job” in the “Marry the Man” scene and that he enjoyed watching it.
Accompanying the students on stage were former students like Lindsey Leabo on the violin and faculty such as Mr. Hibler on Saxophone. Sets and decorations in the commons were produced by the art club and prop department.