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March 8, 2005 > Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Washington High School Recreates a Classic

by Heidi Leung

Can a woman change a man? Once every blue moon, or maybe if its true love. I don't know if we'll ever know for sure. However, according to the moral of the musical Guys and Dolls, don't worry your pretty little heads about it just yet; "Marry them now, change them later!" Washington High School's Guys and Dolls was a fantastic rendition of the romantic comedy set in 1940s New York, a city filled with fun loving men and lovesick women.

The story revolves around four main characters: Adelaide (Juliane Godfrey), Nathan Detroit (Jordan Aragon), Sarah Brown (Sarah Sterling) and Sky Masterson (Jason Zelt). Adelaide is Nathan's fiancˇe of 14 years, and Sky Masterson is an old gambling buddy of Nathan's. Sarah Brown is a sergeant in charge of a religious organization to save the souls of sinners. Because Nathan desperately wants to finance his Craps game, a type of gambling which involves rolling the numbers 7 or 11 on a pair of dice to win money, he makes a $1000 bet with Sky that Sky can't convince Sarah to go to Havana, Cuba with him. Nathan figures that because Sarah is such a stern religious woman, there'd be no way he'd lose the bet.

Sky, however, is a very suave character who manages to force his way into Sarah's heart. At first she withholds, but at the threat of having her branch of the mission closed down, she agrees to go to Havana with him. This is in exchange for him getting 12 gamblers to go to her prayer meeting so that her boss can see that her sector isn't useless. When in Havana, Sarah finally lets loose and the couple start falling for one another.

Back at home, Nathan and Adelaide are having problems because he promised her he would stop gambling and obviously hasn't. In the meantime, Adelaide, not wanting to get shunned by her mother for being engaged for 14 years, had been writing her letters telling her they were already married with children. She's pushing for the wedding date, but gets continually disappointed. Towards the end, the two female leads meet and have an epiphany that turns out to be the best lesson a woman who just wants to get married could ever learn. As stated before, just "marry them now, change them later!"

Julianne Godfrey does a terrific job as Adelaide by capturing the frustration faced by the woman who desperately wants to marry the man she loves. It helps that she's got an amazing voice to go with her fantastic acting. She stole the show every time she was onstage.
Jordan Aragon also does a great job playing her finance Nathan. He was silly and complimented her personality perfectly. The couple fed off each other's energy and goofiness and produced an extremely loveable pair. Jason Zelt and Sarah Sterling were a much more serious couple. Though their connection was not as strong as the other two, they were great actors individually. Both had beautiful voices. Jason Zelt was perfectly casted to play Sky Masterson as his voice was smooth, and his charm and charisma made the women in the audience swoon. Let's not forget the little people. Some kudos need to be made to Jasmine and Jade Lacebal who were featured dancers in many of the fun dance sequences. Though they didn't have lines, they communicated their characters with movement.

Washington High School's version of Guys and Dolls was very entertaining. It's enthusiastic cast built a great frame for the dances and songs throughout the play. Veronica Shlachter, 17, commented that she "loved the sets and designs."

Guys and Dolls
Washington High School
March 5 at 7 p.m., March 10 at 3:30 p.m., March 11 at 7 p.m., March 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
38442 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 505-7300
Tickets are $10 ASB advance, $11 non-ASB advance, and $12 at the door.

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