SULLIVAN – Cable TV celebrity and Broadlands native Doug Wilson will star as Sky Masterson in "Guys and Dolls," the musical that will open the Little Theatre on the Square summer season on Wednesday.
Wilson appears on TLC's "Moving Up," "Trading Spaces" and "America's Ugliest." Co-starring with him in "Guys and Dolls" will be Jack Milo as Nathan Detroit. Milo is a regular at the Little Theatre.
Other Little Theatre denizens in the musical are Michael Haws as Arvide Abernathy and Glory Kissel as General Matilda B. Cartwright. Also returning is Eddie Schnecker as Nicely-Nicely Johnson.
Among the newcomers are Kate Feerick, who plays Sarah Brown, the Salvation Army soldier with whom Sky falls in love. Other newcomers to the Little Theatre stage will be Travis Taylor as Benny Southstreet, Ben Martin as Rusty Charlie, Lizzie Klemperer as Agatha, Chris Kernan as Calvin, Ashley Rubin as Martha, Jesse Barfield as Harry the Horse, Kyle Adams as Lt. Brannigan, James Lee Glatz as Angie the Ox, Eleni Kanalos as Mimi, Joseph Rosko as Big Jule, Kelli Stryker and Jennifer Noble as Hot Box Girls and Blakely Slaybaugh as a Crapshooter.
"Guys and Dolls," with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, is based on "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown," a short story by Damon Runyon, and borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon stories as well.
The musical originally opened in 1950 at the 46th Street Theatre on Broadway, enjoying a run of 1,201 performances and winning five Tony Awards, including for best musical. The film version starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons opened in 1955.
The Little Theatre gave this summary:
"Sky gets his name because the sky is the limit to his betting, and Sarah Brown is the Salvation Army lass who tries to save the souls of all the sinners in the neon-lit area. Nathan Detroit, as the harassed operator of a floating crap game, and his "doll" Adelaide, played by newcomer LoriAnn Freda, have been engaged for 14 years. This extended engagement has caused Adelaide to develop a permanent psychosomatic cold out of sheer anxiety."
"Guys and Dolls" is directed and choreographed by Tralen Doler, who directed and choreographed "La Cage Aux Folles" last season at the Little Theatre. The musical director is Darren Server. The costumes are by John White and Sarah Stark. The scenic designer is Noel Rennerfeldt, and the lighting designer is Mark Hueske.
Tickets for "Guys and Dolls" may be purchased by calling the Little Theatre box office at 728-7375. Adult tickets are $28, and senior citizens' and children's tickets are $26 each. The show runs through June 22.
The Little Theatre on the Square is a nonprofit enterprise operated by a board of central Illinois residents. The professional theater program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, which named the Little Theatre a Partner in Excellence. The Little Theatre is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and the Illinois Theatre Association.