Guys and Dolls — a modern-day fable of gambling men and the women who tame them — is coming to Largo High School Friday and Saturday night. • The student production features colorful costumes, bright sets and an ensemble eager to perform the Broadway classic. • "Students love the dancing, the period costumes and the jazzy music," said Debbie Wortock, drama teacher and director. "It brings together the entire fine arts department. We have a wonderful, charismatic and talented group." • More than 80 students are involved in the production. In their own words, a few of the participants shared their enthusiasm:
"I think it appeals to everyone. This is my seventh show at LHS, compared to those, this will be a spectacle — the good kind!"
Jenny Shelby, 17, junior, student director
"The music is challenging, but it's something to work at. We're having fun with it."
James DeRemer, 18, senior, trumpet player, Band of Gold
"We have a lot of rehearsals. LHS is my second home, but it's worth it. I met my girlfriend in the show. This play is really cool."
Frank Menendez, 18, junior, starring as Harry the Horse
"I've always been fascinated with the 1940s. There are so many one-liners and quips; I was laughing out loud just reading the script."
Rachel Caitlin White, 18, senior, starring as Miss Adelaide
"It's been challenging and interesting to create dances that can suit all levels of dance experience. It's a great show."
Alexandria Lott, 18, senior, dance captain/student choreographer
"I love being on stage, but I wanted to see it from a different perspective. There are a lot of diverse characters and a lot of energy. It's really exciting."
Angela Mitchell, 16, junior, stage manager
"I really like the time period and the dialect is interesting. The show is really well cast. We fit our characters."
Zachary Rygiel, 18, senior, starring as Sky Masterson
"This has been one of the liveliest casts we've had. The show is challenging but everyone is so professional. It is amazing to see everyone come together and collaborate so well."
Joshua Henry, 17, junior, starring as Nathan Detroit