Students at West Kings prepare to hit the stage for musical
West Kings students Rosalyn Bevis, Stephen Roberts, Teri Boates and Cooper Kelly have been spending a lot of time in the school’s AV room over the past several months, preparing for their lead roles in the West Kings Theatre Apr. 3-7 production of the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls. - Nancy Kelly, www.kingscountynews.ca
By Nancy Kelly
When Guys and Dolls hits the stage at West Kings High School next week, months of preparation will culminate in a rousing production of one of Broadway’s most popular musicals.
The cast of students from Grade 9 to Grade 12 includes four seniors, all of whom are veterans of West Kings musical productions, in the lead roles.
Teri Boates is Sergeant Sarah Brown, of the Save a Soul Mission, who vainly tries to spread the word and make a difference to the sin and depravity of the streets. Adelaide, portrayed by Rosalyn Bevis, is the showgirl desperate to trade her glamorous lifestyle for a wedding and white picket fence. Stephen Roberts is her fiancé, Nathan Detroit, always on the hunt for yet another new location for his floating dice game, while keeping just one step ahead of the law. Surrounded by gamblers eager for their next winning streak is the coolest, highest roller of them all, Sky Masterson, played by Cooper Kelly.
Lots of laughs, romance and a score of well-known musical numbers follow when the lives and adventures of these four characters intersect.
Bevis and Boates are in agreement that the storyline “is so good” and the music “is super catchy.” For Kelly, who tackles one of the show’s best-known numbers, Luck Be a Lady, a favourite number is Guys and Dolls.
“It’s a show-stopper,” he said.
Since rehearsals began late last fall, Director Hal Jessome has continued to be impressed with the depth of West Kings students’ theatrical talent.
“The commitment students made to this theater production is incredible. Unlike sports teams or many other extra curricular high school activities that only last a couple months, these kids give me six months of their lives,” Jessome said. “As we get closer to opening, they are in the theater every single day. They set aside their part-time jobs, their other commitments and personal time to be at rehearsals.”
Jessome is confident the efforts of the cast and crew will deliver a musical theatre production “with moments that will make you laugh, make you cry, make you leave singing the songs and others make you wanting more. There is something that will appeal to everyone,” he said.
“The vocals are superb, the acting is amazing and the dancing, I guarantee, will not be matched by any other high school production in Nova Scotia.”
Tickets for the musical are now on sale at the West Kings School office and Pharmasave locations in Berwick and Kingston. For details call 847-4440.
Guys and Dolls
Who: Theatre at West Kings production
When: April 3-6, 7:30 p.m.; matinee April 7, 2 p.m.
Where: On the AV room stage