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Source: Marci Maullar, 785-532-6878,
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University theater and dance programs and the K-State department of music will present the Broadway musical "Guys and Dolls" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-14 and a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 15, all in McCain Auditorium.

The source material for the script of "Guys and Dolls" was taken from "Broadway Stories" written by Damon Runyon, a native of Manhattan.

In K-State's production, set in the Big Apple in the middle of the 20th century, a man named Nathan Detroit bets Sky Masterson that he can't get a girl to travel with him to Cuba. Meanwhile, Nathan stays behind to deal with his own relationship troubles.

"Guys and Dolls" has been called one of the most successful Broadway musicals of all time. The film production featured an all-star cast of Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, and received two Golden Globe awards and four Oscar nominations.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $13 for seniors and military, and $10 for students and children. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by calling McCain at 785-532-6428 during box office hours. Tickets also may be purchased at the Little Theater box office in the K-State Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.

Groups of 10 or more may receive a discount rate. For more information or assistance in planning a theater party, contact Marci Maullar at 785-532-6878.

The K-State theater, dance and music faculty, artistic staff and faculty designers include:

R. Michael Gros, assistant professor of communication studies, theater and dance, director; David Ollington, associate professor of communication studies, theater and dance, choreographer; Bill Wingfield, staff accompanist, music director; Amy Rosine, assistant professor of voice, vocal director; Kathy Voecks, assistant professor of communication studies, theater and dance, scenic design; Dana Pinkston, associate professor of communication studies, theater and dance, costume design; and John Uthoff, associate professor of communication studies and dance, lighting design.

K-State students in the cast or crew for "Guys and Dolls" include:

Dusty Garner, senior in political science, Andover, as Arvide Abernathy; Cassity Mitchell, junior in music education, Bonner Springs, as Martha; Luke Johnson, graduate student in theater, Chanute, as Sky Masterson; Adam Rack, freshman in biology, Hays, as a crapshooter; Chelsey Fritch, senior in humanities, Highland, as Adelaide; Laura Lindsay, senior in theater, Hillsboro, stage manager; Staci Horton, graduate student in music, Inman, as General Matilda B. Cartwright; Eryka Stabel, junior in theater, Lakin, as a hot box girl.

From Manhattan: Donald Davis, sophomore in music education, as Rusty Charlie; Drew Horton, senior in music education, as Nathan Detroit; Bethany Parker, freshman in music education, as a hot box girl; and Ethan Smith, freshmen in theater, as Lieutenant Brannigan.

From Overland Park: Kelsey Brown, junior in music, as Calvina; Greg Myers, sophomore in theater, assistant stage manager; and Zach Nelson, sophomore in marketing, as a crapshooter.

Kristi Mason, sophomore in applied music, Rose Hill, as Sarah Brown; Kramer Farney, sophomore in agribusiness, Sterling, as Benny Southstreet; Niklas Bergstrom, freshman in theater, Topeka, as Society Max; and Gilberto Perez-Abraham, freshman in theater and political science, as Nicely-Nicely, and Erin Ayers, senior in vocal performance, as Vernon, both from Wichita.

From out of state: Kaitlyn Jerome, sophomore in electrical engineering, Greeley, Colo., as Agatha; Sarah Quaranta, junior in theater, Littleton, Colo., as a hot box girl; Heather Haberberger, sophomore in applied music, Fenton, Mo., as a hot box girl; Matt Sommer, junior in music education, Papillion, Neb., as Angie the Ox; Michael Boger, sophomore in business administration, Coppell, Texas, as a crapshooter; and Caiel Noble, freshman in music, Woodbridge, Va., as Harry the Horse.