Saints and sinners abound in The Apollo Players’ latest production, ‘Guys and Dolls’ which is being staged at Montrose Town Hall this week.
One of the most famous shows in Broadway musical history, the 50-strong cast has worked to an extremely tight 10-week rehearsal schedule to produce a highly polished show sure to impress its audiences and producer Derek Noble has pulled together a colourful production to capture the essence of the original show.
He said: “We’ve tried to capture the extremes of the razzamatazz of the Hot Box night club to the gloom of the New York sewers and what the technical team has produced is very effective.
The sets are great and the guys have lit them extremely well.
“We’ve taken more of the Broadway musical approach and the costumes, which are excellent, are ‘in your face’ and it’s a blaze of colour.
“Instead of an orchestra, we’ve gone for a 12-piece big band which gives a full-blooded Broadway sound.”
The story starts with a casual bet between gamblers Nathan Detroit (Bruce Martin) and Sky Masterson (Nick Tomlinson) that Sky can’t induce Sister Sarah Brown (Nadia Kramer) of the closure-threatened Save A Soul Mission to accompany him on a trip to Havana.
A staunch anti-gambling campaigner and opposer of sin in all its forms, Sarah treats Sky’s supposed conversion and pursuit of her with suspicion but he soon discovers the stakes are even higher than he first thought.
Nathan, meanwhile, has his own troubles to deal with as his fiancee of 14 years, Adelaide (Suzie Hughes), is trying to get him to reform and finally settle down with her despite his reluctance and constant evasive tactics.
Featuring such well-known songs as “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat”, “A Bushel and a Peck” and “I’ll Know”, the show still maintains a broad appeal more than 60 years after it was first produced.
Derek added: “It’s a show that doesn’t really date, but we’ve tried to think how we can make it more approachable for modern audiences with up-to-date theatre techniques to go along with it.
“We also have one of the strongest line-ups of principals we’ve ever had. Nick and Natalie, as Sky and Sarah, are both beautiful singers while stalwarts Bruce as Nathan and Suzie as Adelaide are just superb and Chris Tomlinson as Nicely Nicely is brilliant.
“It has shaped up to be quite spectacular.”
‘Guys and Dolls’ runs at the town hall until Saturday and tickets, costing £13 for the balcony and £10 for the stalls, are available from Hogg’s newsagent on the High Street.