‘Guys and Dolls’ opening show Wednesday is sold out

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    A cast of 37 theatre students will perform the comedy musical “Guys and Dolls” starting tomorrow in Fort Worth at 7:30 p.m.

    Performances are April 8-11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 11-12 at 2:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $10 for students, $10 for faculty and seniors and $15 for the public. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 817-257-8080.

    The cast has been rehearsing for the show since January. First-year musical theatre major and cast member Logan Lane said a lot of time has gone into the production.

    “Twenty hours a week are put into this,” Lane said. “It’s all hands on deck; everybody is involved.”

    Sophomore acting major Jesse Thomason said that all of the dedication and hours that were put in will be evident to the audience.

    “I think the amount of time and energy spent in the rehearsals will be very obvious when people see the final project,” Thomason said. “It looks and sounds completely stunning.”

    Lane said that despite the large cast, the actors feel very close.

    “There’s 37 people in the cast, which is a lot of people, yet we all feel so close together,” Lane said.

    Lane said that the production’s director, Dr. T.J. Walsh, made this possible.

    “Dr. Walsh made that his goal,” Lane said. “He always talks about building a world whenever he directs a play.”

    Thomason said that he really enjoyed the directing style of Walsh.

    “He has a very organic directing style that allows actors to find the scene on their own,” Thomason said. “A lot of the time it ended up being a pretty heavily improvised show from time to time.”

    Thomason said working with senior musical theatre major Kyle Montgomery was a special experience.

    “Working with Kyle Montgomery, who plays Nathan Detroit, was a very unique and enjoyable experience,” Thomason said.

    Everyone that is a part of the production is important, Lane said.

    “Everybody matters in this production, and everyone is contributing to this world of ‘Guys and Dolls,’ and it’s a real place,” Lane said.

    The cast will be accompanied with a live orchestra of 14 professional musicians and conducted by Musical Director Alan Shorter.

    “We’ve gotten to work with them, and they are incredible,” Lane said. “It just adds a whole other dimension to this.”

    Thomason said the production is unique and he is excited to share it with the public.

    “This is unlike any other production of ‘Guys and Dolls,'” Thomason said. “It’s so exciting knowing that people who have never been to a musical and people who have seen ‘Guys and Dolls’ several times will be experiencing something completely new to them.”

    Musical theatre major Shelby Ringdahl said she’s very proud of the final product and that it will be an enjoyable show.

    “This show has come together beautifully,” Ringdahl said. “It has beautiful music and love stories, but is absolutely hilarious with big masculine dance numbers, over 150 costumes, and a huge two story set! All of that combined with an incredible cast, crew, and production team makes this show exciting.”

    Ringdahl said her experience acting with this cast is extra special, since it’s her last spring show as a TCU student.

    “This is my last show as a TCU Horned Frog, and what a show to end with,” Ringdahl said. “It has been a huge blessing to be a part of this 37 person cast, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”