Music, Melodrama, Mayhem, and the Nostalgic Ring of Rolling Dice: A Review of LCA’s Guys and Dolls Production

By Serenity Beaumont, Spiritual Life Junior Division Head. Photos by Becky Rusk. Pictured above from left to right: Ricardi Dalexis ’19, Katie Norman ’19, and Kevin Moody ’20.

Pictured from right to left: Sam Bahou ’19, PJ Griffith ’22, Clark Jin ’19, and Carlie LaFauci ’21.

This past Thursday and Friday, the 16th and the 17th, marked the opening nights of LCA’s remarkable production of the 1950s Broadway classic, Guys and Dolls. LCA’s teenage interpretation of a classic play filled with drama, bar fights, romance, laughter, and the rolling of dice constantly kept the audience at the edges of their seats, anticipating what was to come. This show, and its clear depiction of gender stereotypes that were fully embraced at the time of its creation, was given full justice and incredibly portrayed through the production, choreography, and acting.  

Pictured: Caleb Hong ’20 and Harley Rusk ’19.

Generally, the central conflict revolves around Salvation Army Sergeant Sarah Brown, played by Harley Rusk and Sky Masterson, played by Caleb Hong, a well-known high rolling gambler. Throughout the entirety of the play, Sky tirelessly persuades Miss Sarah to have dinner in Havana with him in exchange for twelve sinners he promises to deliver to her mission for a prayer meeting. Motive for this pursuit is not, at first, driven by love at first sight. Sky approaches Sarah on a bet from Nathan Detroit, who runs the oldest established floating craps game in New York during his 14-year engagement to Miss Adelaide, played by Katie Norman, a popular entertainer. All this drama naturally results in three hours of a musical comedy full of broken hearts, wedding bells, and a handful of seemingly converted gamblers into the mission. Familiar songs were also sung, and everybody was singing along as the well known song A Bushel and A Peck spiritedly graced to our ears when sung by Katie Norman. LCA’s cast of a mere 33 upper school students did a wonderful job recreating this classic tale for its nostalgic audience.

Pictured: Dan Gatinerri.

To formally list all the leading cast members, major roles were lead by our talented seniors: Harley Rusk as Miss Sarah Brown, Katie Norman as Miss Adelaide, and Dan Gattineri as Big Jule from Chicago. Our juniors also had roles such as Caleb Hong, Kevin Moody, and Sam Bahou as Sky, Nathan Detroit, and Benny respectively. This show also displayed the magnificent talent of some of our sophomores and freshman like Carlie LaFauci and PJ Griffiths.

Pictured: Caleb Hong ’20 and Natalie Cist ’19 along with assorted cast.

The choreography, which brought this whole show to life, was directed by senior Natalie Cist. The visuals of the play were spearheaded by LCA’s art division faculty and incredible students who created set props, glowing signs, and a makeshift craps game on our very own stage. This show also included a full orchestra led by LCA’s finest, Ms. Bulger.

Mr. Greco along with the help of alumni Garrett Traer and so many other students, parents and faculty truly outdid themselves yet again to create an amazing performance. Thank you for bringing a little of the 1950’s bliss back into our hearts in our memories.