10/30/13 Award winning play in JR version for Woodlawn students

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 Left to right: Nate Small, Caroline Segars, Rebecca Jochims, and Jeremy Clevenger are leads in the play being presented at Eastern Alamance High School by Woodlawn Middle School drama students.

Photos by Stephen Mills/Mebane Enterprise

Left to right: Nate Small, Caroline Segars, Rebecca Jochims, and Jeremy Clevenger are leads in the play being presented at Eastern Alamance High School by Woodlawn Middle School drama students.

Award winning play in JR version for Woodlawn students
By STEPHEN MILLS Enterprise Staff Writer The Mebane Enterprise 10/30/13  
Reprinted with permission.


Costumes and scenes of the upcoming “Guys and Dolls Jr.” play by Woodlawn Middle School was the sneak preview provided to the Enterprise this past week by the cast and producers of the play.

The cast is made up of 32 middle school students that have been rehearsing since the beginning of September.

This past Thursday they created a costume parade so that costumes could be checked and approved for the production.

The play is produced and directed by Elizabeth Zeller-Zint and choreographed by Linnea Coon.

“Guys and Dolls, Jr”. is based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon. The book is by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.

The music and lyrics are by Frank Loesser. Performance rights have been granted by MTI Enterprises, Inc.

The original play of “Guys and Dolls” premiered on Broadway in 1950. It ran for 1,200 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Over the years, this popular play has been adapted for many different audiences and productions, including this play for a younger performance team, thus “Guys and Dolls Jr.”

The play description supplied by the Woodlawn producers says, the action is set in New York City.

The play introduces us to colorful characters who have become legends in the musical theatre: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, a nightclub performer whose chronic flu is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating dice game.

The story line of the play is an adaptation of Damon Runyon’s short stories written in the 1920s and 1930s, about gangsters, gamblers, and other characters of the New York underworld.

Runyon was known for the unique dialect he employed in his stories, mixing highly formal language and slang.

The “junior” version cleans up the language difficulty and allows younger performers and play-goers to appreciate the original story line.

The school will present the play from the Broadway Junior Collection in the Eastern Alamance High School Auditorium on November 15, 16 and 17.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

Admission is $5 per person, payable at the door.

If the Thursday rehearsal costume parade and scene presentation are any indication, the performance will be very strong and entertaining.

There are strong voices among the cast and the stage work in presentation is quite professional for a middle school production.

Woodlawn has released the cast list that includes the following character and student, making up the entire list of the 32 performing students:

THE CAST
Sky Masterson - Nate Small
Sarah Brown - Caroline Segars
Nathan Detroit -.Jeremy Clevenger
Miss Adelaide- Rebecca Jochims
Nicely-Nicely Johnson -.Josh Hill
Benny Southstreet-Josh Carmany
Arvide Abernathy-.Arianna Monterroza
General Cartwright-Caitlyn Graham
Big Jule - Eli Bates
Lt. Brannigan -Addison Birchett
Rusty Charlie-.Austin Brogan
Harry the Horse-Raheem Moore
Angie the Ox-Mary Richardson
Hot Box Girls:
Madison Hinson, Niketa Ray, Mary Bradley, Meghan Thiele, Ashley Bagby, Ashleigh Taylor, Morgan McCann, Mattie Wade
Mission Band Members:
Nakaila Lassiter , La’Taysha Royster, Kaila Paylor, Andrea Alcantar, Grace Peattie, Britani Powell, Kanija Hester, Nikole Johnson
Ensemble Members:
Sydney Weatherford, Brianna Jordan, Holly Silvers

Pictured are members of the cast performing as members of the Mission Band in the play “Guys and Dolls, Jr.” being presented by the Woodlawn Middle School drama students.

Pictured are members of the cast performing as members of the Mission Band in the play “Guys and Dolls, Jr.” being presented by the Woodlawn Middle School drama students.