(From left) Belmont theatre students Nathan Oshiro

Belmont takes a gamble on Guys and Dolls

Set in the 1940s with love — and gambling — in the air, Belmont musical theatre students are tackling the classic play Guys and Dolls.

Set in the 1940s with love — and gambling — in the air, Belmont musical theatre students are tackling the classic play Guys and Dolls.

Grade 12 student Nathan Oshiro plays the role of Nathan Detroit, a gambling man who runs floating craps games.

After 14 years of being engaged to Miss Adelaide, played by Grade 12 student Rae Gallimore, he is still operating his gambling business behind her back.

“I keep asking him to marry me,” Gallimore said.

“But, I will never give in,” Oshiro quips back.

The plot follows Detroit’s plan to get enough money to secure a lease for a building for his craps games, and then high rolling Sky Materson, played by Grade 12 student Jesse Negraff, blows into town.

“I make wacky bets, crazy bets,” Negraff said. “I’ll bet which lump of sugar a fly will land on.”

Tony Award winning Guys and Dolls made its mark on Broadway with its notable musical score driving the story of unrepentant, outrageous gamblers, and the women trying to save their souls. “It has larger than life characters,” Gallimore observed.

The musical features classic tunes such as Luck Be a Lady and If I had a Bell. The production has 67 Belmont students in the show and working behind the scenes.

Musical theatre teacher Melissa Young, director and choreographer for the play, performed in Guys and Dolls in the Chemainus theatre in 2010. “It’s a nice mix between heart and characters,” Young said. “This is a great show for everyone.”

The show is at Spectrum community theatre in Saanich due to space availably at Isabelle Reader Theatre in Langford. A silent auction to raise funds for Belmont musical theatre starts at 6 p.m. each night.

For more information contact Young at myoung@sd62.bc.ca or 250-478-5501.

When & Where

Belmont’s Guys and Dolls runs April 3, 4, 5, at 7 p.m. at Spectrum community theatre, 957 Burnside Rd. West.

Tickets are $12 adults and $10 students/seniors and are available at the Belmont secondary school office and at the door.





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