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NHS players having fun with Guys and Dolls


Classic musical will showcase two deep casts for performances the next two weekends

Thanks to a deep and talented pool of male actors in the drama department, the Newberg High School players selected “Guys and Dolls” to be their fall musical and will perform the classic Amer­ican musical at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the high school auditorium.

“Basically we look at who we’ve got, the group of kids, and try to come up with something that fits what the kids can do,” said theater teacher Drea Ferguson.
“We always have a very competitive group of women, but we have an amazing group of men, so that really makes it fun to do a show like this. It’s really hard to do an authentic gamblers scene with four guys.”

Ferguson joked that the male talent is so widespread that she didn’t even need standout performer Garrett Gibbs to take the stage. Instead, he will serve as student director. by: GARY ALLEN - Luck be a lady -- Seniors Shaniko Jones and Brianna Soumokil rehearse last week for the Newberg High School players' upcoming presentation of 'Guys and Dolls' at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students. A second set of shows will be held Nov. 15-16.

“I’ve done quite a bit on stage, and I do want to continue with this after high school,” Gibbs said. “Really being a director, you look at everything and that’s what you need to be able to do make something great, so it’s a wonderful opportunity.”

Gibbs also believes that although “Guys and Dolls” is a standard choice, especially among high school troupes, it will showcase just how well-rounded the school’s performers are.

“We have the leads, but we also have the extras or the chorus members who really are all on stage to make the production worth seeing,” Gibbs said. “That really lends to an extraordinary performance rather than just having leads on stage performing. It really fills out. Some of the guys up there like to have fun, so sometimes we let them go for it. Sometimes we have to rein them back.”

The show will feature two separate casts, the first featuring senior Issac Boyd as Nathan Detroit, senior Carmel Swanson as Miss Adelaide, senior Shaniko Jones as Sky Masterson and senior Brianna Soumokil as Sarah Brown.

Playing those roles in the second cast are senior Tommy Stalone, junior Hannah Dodson, senior Mookie Foufos and senior Haley Harn, respectively.

Ferguson noted that the Nathan Detroit and Adeladie roles are broadly comedic, allowing the actors to really enjoy themselves on stage.

“Both of those women are really amazing comediennes,” Ferguson said. “Garrett gave them a note that because they know the songs, now they can go for it, so they’ve been having fun putting the comedy in.”

Junior Cole Aldred, whom Gibbs said is “made for musicals,” will play Nicely-Nicely Johnson in both casts.

“Cole is the most dynamic Nicely I’ve ever seen,” Ferguson said. “He’s going to steal the show out there if they’re not careful. He’s just amazing. He just lives and breathes this.”

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students. A second set of shows will be held Nov. 15 and 16.