CAC’s production of Guys and Dolls rolls onto the Pence Center stage Oct. 29-31
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Frank Loesser’s Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls hedges its bets this weekend at Central Arizona College’s Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts.
The musical will run for three days at the Pence Center located on CAC’s Signal Peak Campus just off I-10 between the cities of Coolidge and Casa Grande.
The show will hit the stage on Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m., followed by a special 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 31.
Tickets for the show are $5 for adults and may be purchased in advance by calling the CAC Cashier’s Office at 520-494-5240. Children under the age of 18 or any CAC student with an ID will be admitted at no charge.
Tickets also are available at the box office the night of the show.
Based on the short story The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown by Damon Runyon, Guys and Dolls premiered on Broadway in 1950 before making its silver screen debut in 1955. The motion picture adaption featured Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.
The story details the exploits of Sarah Brown, Sky Masterson, Miss Adelaide, Nathan Detroit, Nicely-Nicely Johnson and a cast of characters now famous in American theatrical lore.
The CAC production features a cast of community members and students who are bringing the theatrical production to life in Pinal County. John Owens, CAC’s professor of theater, is directing the musical.
Sarah Brown – Sarah Brown is played by Kim Osteen-Petreshock, an Arizona native who has been performing in theater productions since elementary school. Some of her favorite roles have been Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Margot in Dial M for Murder, Lisa in Beyond Karaoke, Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense, and as member of the ensemble of Godspell.
Osteen-Petreshock currently teaches Music Appreciation and Survey of Jazz and Pop for Central Arizona College and is in the final stages of a doctoral degree in music composition.
Sky Masterson – Sky Masterson is played by Paul Ortega, a resident of the city of Maricopa who has been involved in the Casa Grande Theater for more than 15 years. He is the director of children’s theater for the city of Casa Grande and the drama assistant at Vista Grande High School.
His recent credits include directing Disney’s Mulan Junior with the Casa Grande Children’s Theatre, and portraying Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol: The Musical with Chandler-Gilbert Community College. He also played Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown with Book No Book Productions.
Ortega is directing the annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker that will take place at the Pence Center Dec. 2 and 3.
Miss Adelaide – Casa Grande native Ashley Jo Deaton will recreate Miss Adelaide in the CAC production. The Central Arizona College student plans to attend the University of Arizona in the future.
Her acting credits include several theatrical shows with the local Cameo Performing Arts Studio and time as a seasonal cast member at Walt Disney World in Florida. In 2007 she was a cast member at Disneyland in California.
Nathan Detroit – Nathan Detroit will be played by Nelson G. Santos Rivera, a Casa Grande native who is a graduate of the Disney College Program. His credits include High School Musical and he is planning on auditioning for his BFA in musical theater at the University of Arizona.
Nicely-Nicely Johnson – Casa Grande native Gilbert Andy Montana will reprise the role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson after handling the role of Judas in CAC’s production of Godspell last spring.
Montana is a general studies student at CAC and a recipient of a performing arts scholarship. He has performed with the Cameo Performing Arts Group as Buck Wayne in Flapper.
Benny Southwest – CAC freshman and Flagstaff native Chance Christensen will play the role of Benny Southwest. During his senior year of high school, Christensen earned the part of Pistol in William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. He also worked as a spotlight operator and stagehand on the musical production of South Pacific with the Maui Academy of Performing Arts.
Rusty Charlie - James Taylor, a former marine from Battle Creek, Mich., will play the part of Rusty Charlie. Taylor, who is majoring in engineering, will make his theatrical debut in this role.
Harry the Horse - Troy Row of Casa Grande will play role of Harry the Horse. A fire science major, Row is a member of the Exit 185 comedy troop and freestyle raps under the alias T-rizzle.
Big Jule - Kyle Doerges of Casa Grande will take over the role of Big Jule. Born in Morenci, Ariz., Doerges moved to Casa Grande in 1993 and has performed in various local community shows in the last year after recently renewing his interested in theater.
Angie the Ox – Casa Grande resident Orlando Ferri will play the part of Angie the Ox in his first musical. He also has performed as a member of the Central Arizona College chorus under the direction of Kim Freyermuth in 2006 and 2007, while in 2008 he performed in the Spring Sing Concert.