SAU Stages Musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ at Magnolia High’s Performing Arts Center | University of Southern Arkansas

The Southern Arkansas University Theater Department will present the classic musical “Guys and Dolls” April 20-23 at the new Magnolia Performing Arts Center.

The show is a first collaboration between the Magnolia High School Theater Department and the SAU Theater.

The joint production is co-directed by SAU Theater Director Brittany Bara and MHS Theater Director and SAU alumna Eden Walker.

The Magnolia Performing Arts Center opened in August 2021. The $8.7 million building includes a 900-seat auditorium, projection/sound booth, set production, and prop storage areas.

“Guys and Dolls” is a 1950 musical classic full of love, gambling and New York gangsters. This whirlwind comedy revolves around Nathan Detroit, a player with a view to setting up the biggest craps game in town while his girlfriend, Miss Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years.

In an attempt to reach a large sum of money, Nathan appeals to another player, Sky Masterson, for the money. Meanwhile, Sky attempts to woo Miss Sarah Brown, an evangelist devoted to saving sinners.

“Guys and Dolls” features memorable Frank Loesser numbers such as “Adelaide’s Lament”, “If I Were a Bell” and the classic “Luck Be a Lady”.

“Guys and Dolls” will premiere at 7:30 p.m. April 20-23 and 2 p.m. April 24 at the Magnolia Performing Arts Center located at Magnolia High School.

Tickets will be sold to students for $5, $7 for staff and seniors and $10 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the box office. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.

To throw

Nathan Detroit – Austin Plunkett

Adelaide – Amber Gantt

Sarah Brown – Hannah Sullivan

Sky Masterson – Dalton Hale

Nicely-Nicely Johnson – Jazpyn VanAssche

Benny Southstreet – Alex Gray

Rusty Charlie – Ben Culp

Arvide Abernathy – John Orndorff

Lt. Brannigan – Joshua Bennett

Harry the Horse – Tate Tarpley

Angie the Beef – Grant Baker

Joey Biltmore – Benji Gessleman

Mimi – Jocelyne Parsons

Big Julie – Recco Sargent

General Cartwright – Lizzie McKee

Together — Shatabia Jordan, Joshlin Wiggins, Trista Bradshaw, Rae Tucker, Jaliah Larry, Lizzie McKee, Lindsey Zimmer, Madison Marcotte, LaZanee Miller, Alex Brewer, Lily Page, Mykala Clark, Jocelyn Parsons, Rhiana Eastland, Benji Gessleman


Co-directors — Brittany Bara and Eden Walker

Stage Manager – Amber Cromer

Assistant Stage Managers — Alana Ehrhardt and Rylee Creed

Production Manager — Danie Boyster

Technical Director — Gage Pilgreen

Music Director and Playwright — Michael Womack

Scenographic and lighting designer — Julia Mansur

In charge of scenic artist — Sevin Kacsir

Costume Designer — Imma Curl

Co-hair and makeup artists — Ayla Files and Rylee Creed

Sound Designer — Ben Culp

Accessories Designer — Madelynne West

Choreographer — Amber Michael

Conductor — Dr. Justin Nelson