Evan Kerr will be part of WKU production of Guys and Dolls

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Performances April 1-3

 BOWLING GREEN -- “Only Doing It for Some Doll.”

So describes the behavior of the ‘guys’ in Frank Loesser’s classic musical Guys and Dolls.

This joint production of WKU’s Departments of Music and Theatre & Dance is based on Damon Runyon’s stories of New York gamblers in the ‘40s and will be presented April 1-3 at Van Meter Hall.

The show was a great success on Broadway in 1950 and has been performed all around the world. In 1955 it was made into a movie starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.

Brando’s character Sky Masterson, played in this production by WKU junior Justin Miller of Owensboro, is a high roller who will bet on anything. It is through a bet that he becomes entangled with straight-laced Sister Sarah Brown of the Save a Soul Mission.

Abby Kohake, a WKU senior from Florence, plays Sarah and admires the way her character approaches life. 

The other main relationship of the show concerns Nathan Detroit, one of the gamblers (played in the movie by Frank Sinatra) and Miss Adelaide, a dancer at the Hot Box nightclub, who have been engaged for 14 long years. Miss Adelaide, played by Shalyn Grow, a WKU junior from Jasper, Ind., has been unsuccessful in getting Nathan to marry her. Nathan is happy with things the way they are and resists Adelaide’s attempts to tie him down.

This co-production showcases the talents of more than 100 students, including those on stage, those behind the scenes, and those playing in the orchestra. Featuring dazzling dancing and fantastic singing, you’re sure to be entertained by this delightful musical.

Guys and Dolls, will be presented at 8 p.m. April 1-2 and 3 p.m. April 3 at Van Meter Hall. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at wku.showare.com or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at 270-745-3121.

Cast members include Kelby Auten, a junior from Louisville; Lauren Bryan, a senior from Bardstown; Tyler Chandler, a junior from Louisville; Colby Clark, a freshman from Bowling Green; Samantha Conradi, a freshman from Hebron; Matthew Dant, a freshman from Louisville; Taylor Dant, a senior from Louisville; Brooke Eden, a sophomore from Fort Mitchell; Trevor Edwards, a sophomore from Glasgow; Ellen Emerson, a junior from Louisville; Lane French, a junior from Harrodsburg; Shalyn Grow, a junior from Jasper, Indiana; Jackson Heinze, a freshman from Bowling Green; and  Evan Kerr, a sophomore from Mount  Washington.