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Wiregrass Ranch takes 'Guys and Dolls' on the road

Tyler Baughn, 18, is Nathan; Nicolette Doria, 16, is Adelaide; Grant Modlin, 18, plays Sky; and Ashley Shalna 15, is Sarah in Wiregrass Ranch High’s production of Guys and Dolls. The 1950s musical tells the story of a group of gamblers in New York City and the women in their lives.

MICHELE MILLER | Times

Tyler Baughn, 18, is Nathan; Nicolette Doria, 16, is Adelaide; Grant Modlin, 18, plays Sky; and Ashley Shalna 15, is Sarah in Wiregrass Ranch High’s production of Guys and Dolls. The 1950s musical tells the story of a group of gamblers in New York City and the women in their lives.

Typically the drama department at Wiregrass Ranch High in Wesley Chapel holds its performances in the school choir room, using handmade sets and backdrops to magically transform the space.

But this year's production of the 1950s musical Guys and Dolls is a big one and there's hope of drawing an even bigger crowd, as students take their show on the road to the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High.

"It's the first time we've ever done this," drama teacher Margaret Peacock said as she directed some gangster types during a recent after-school rehearsal. "This is a big show. It takes a lot of work."

More than 150 Wiregrass Ranch students have their hands in this one, Peacock said, including a 72-member cast and 30-piece student orchestra. Add to that a slew of art students and volunteers creating the sets that include a sewer and a cityscape that can be pieced together easily for the Broadway scene.

"We are having to build a show that we can break down and truck to the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel," she said. "That's no mean feat."

And it turns out, the kids can act, too. Come see for yourself.

>>if you go

Guys and Dolls

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. (813) 794-8772 or (727) 774-8772

Tickets: $8 adults, $5 for children younger than 12, available at the door or at wrhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/Wiregrass_Ranch_High_School by clicking on "Guys and Dolls Musical."

.if you go

Guys and Dolls

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. (813) 794-8772 or (727) 774-8772

Tickets: $8 adults, $5 for children under 12, available at the door or at http://wrhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/Wiregrass_Ranch_High_School by clicking on "Guys and Dolls Musical."

Wiregrass Ranch takes 'Guys and Dolls' on the road 03/13/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 10:02pm]
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