Guys and Dolls 'fantastic'

03:31, Jul 26 2012
Guys and Dolls
MAGICAL: Waimea College’s, from left, Louise Davis, Kimberly Rea, Bridget Field, Katharina Fleiner and Ellie Gemmell, performing as Salvation Army Band members during the production of Guys and Dolls.

Waimea  College’s senior school production opened their all-singing, all-dancing show Guys and Dolls on Wednesday night.

The show’s director Melanie Stewart, also head of music and performing arts at the school, said she chose the show because it had parts for everybody. The different aspects of the musical performance meant she could include as many students as possible in acting, dancing, chorus, orchestral or backstage roles.

Five performances are spread out until this Saturday, with 7.30pm shows each day and an extra 2pm matinee on Saturday. Each show could seat 350 audience members.

Melanie estimated there would be well over 100 senior students involved in the whole production.

There are 48 in the main cast, 30 in the orchestra, directed by teacher Nick Sharpe, and at least 25 students doing backstage duties like costuming, make-up and sound.

Melanie said 17-year-old technical director Nick Thompson had come in nearly every day during the holidays to design and set up the lighting.

With the cast rehearsing on a daily basis since last Monday, it had been difficult for everybody to fit practices around their lives, but Melanie applauded the patience of the ‘‘amazing’’ year 9 students, who often had to wait for their turn while the principal cast rehearsed.

Chris Goodyear plays chronic gambler Sky Masterson alongside female lead Bridget Field.