Temecula Valley Players Bring Guys and Dolls to Old Town
Hold on to your wallets because gangsters, gamblers and showgirls are about to take over the Inland Empire, when the Tony Award-Winning Musical, Guys and Dolls, comes to the Old Town Temecula Community Theater on April 10th through May 1st.
Presented by the Temecula Valley Players, Guys and Dolls debuted on Broadway in 1950 to rave reviews. Based on a series of short stories by Damon Runyon, Guys and Dolls is a musical romantic comedy which takes place in mythical New York City and follows the escapades of gamblers, mobsters and their gals through the streets of Times Square and beyond.
For Director / Choreographer, Jill Morrison, bringing Guys and Dolls to the Temecula stage is especially nostalgic, being the very first production in which she ever performed.
“From the moment I stepped foot on stage, as a Hot Box Dancer, in my high school production, I knew there was no turning back. I fell in love with performing on stage and decided to pursue a career in entertainment,” Morrison said during a recent interview. “I have Guys and Dolls to thank for inspiring me to be a musical theater performer.”
A Broadway veteran, Morrison was thrilled when the Temecula Valley Players invited her to director and choreograph Guys and Dolls, as the show did have such an impact on her own career. When choosing her cast, she looked for only the best and most talented singers, dancers and actors to fill the challenging roles.
“The characters in Guys and Dolls are larger than life and very specific,” she said. “Fortunately, we had a great turnout for the audition. We had a large amount of talent to choose from and very skilled performers who understood what was needed to successfully portray each role.”
Being that Guys and Dolls has been a musical theater favorite for decades, Morrison recognized the challenges of presenting a show that would honor the original production but also breathe new life into such a classic.
“As a Director, my goal is to create a truly unique version of Guys and Dolls that still stays true to the storyline and time period,” she said. “We have implemented some new elements and brand new choreography for this production to give it a special flair.”
Tickets for the Temecula Valley Player’s production of Guys and Dolls differ, depending on seating location and the night of the week. For prices and information, visit the Old Town Temecula Community Theater’s website at www.temeculatheater.org.
Consisting of what she considers PG subject matter, Morrison hopes Guys and Dolls will appeal to every member of any theater-loving family.
“This production of Guys and Dolls is truly magical,” Morrison said. “We have an incredible cast and creative team and the sets, lighting and costumes capture the excitement of 1940’s New York. I guarantee the show will keep you entertained.”