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Final weekend to catch ‘Guys and Dolls’ at USUE


    Utah State University Eastern’s production of “Guys and Dolls” ends this weekend with the final nights on April 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. in Geary Events Center.
    The newly renovated stage is transformed into the hustle and bustle of New York City in the 1940s and ‘50s with gangsters, gamblers and characters from the underworld.
This is the third time “Guy and Dolls” has been performed on campus during the 81-year history of the college.
    It was first performed in the early ‘60s with Boyd and Dorothy Bunnell in the leads and Neil Warren as the director at Carbon College.
    In the ‘80s, it was performed in the old SAC’s Little Theatre with Todd Olsen as director at College of Eastern Utah.
    Fast forward to 2018, Corey Ewan directs the musical in the Geary Events Center under the banner of USU Eastern.
    By choosing to direct this production, Ewan said it was his modest attempt to those who went before him. Its legacy to Carbon College, CEU and now Eastern “should bring back warm memories and create new ones. It is to those who went before that I dedicate this show.”
    “Guys and Dolls” is an adaptation of Damonn Runyon’s short stories in the NY underworld. Runyon was known for a unique dialect he employed in his stories, mixing highly formal language and slang.
    He wrote about concerned gangsters, gamblers and other NY characters and named them Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Benny Southstreet and Rusty Charlie.
    His Save-a-Soul Mission is led by Sergeant Sarah Brown who calls for sinners to “Follow the Fold” and repent. The gangster’s boss, Nathan Detroit, runs an illegal floating crap game and has to find a spot to hold the game because of the local police officer’s strong-armed presence.
    The one likely spot to hold the game is the Biltmore garage, whose owner wants a $1,000 security deposit. To pay for this, Detroit wants to win a $1,000 bet against Sky Masterson, a gambler willing to bet on anything.
    He proposes Sky must take a woman of Detroit’s choice to dinner in Havana, Cuba, the next night. Detroit chooses Serg. Brown, a pious woman who Detroit knows will never fall for Materson’s game. With this background, the play begins to unravel.

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