TIFT’s Guys and Dolls opens Thursday

The musical Guys and Dolls is scheduled to open this Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, running until Nov. 25.
A mainstay of the stage in theatre capitals around the world, the musical tells the tale of gangsters, the guys, and the showgirls, the dolls, attracted to them. However, there is a twist: the guys are the dolls, and the dolls the guys.
The performance opens Talk is Free Theatre‘s 11th season, and stars Jennifer Lyon (RMTC’s Next to Normal) as Sky Masterson, Kyle Blair (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Shaw Festival) as Sarah Brown, Gabrielle Jones (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Shaw Festival) as Nathan Detroit and Steve Ross (Stratford Shakespeare Festival and TIFT’s production of Assassins) as Miss Adelaide.
Director Richard Ouzounian (TIFT’s productions of Anyone Can Whistle and Dani Girl, among several), is at the helm for the show. Choreographer is Amanda Nagy, the musical director is James Smith, set designer is Katherine Salnek, costume designer is Erika Connor and lighting designer is Alex McQuilkin.
“Having produced a number of new or intimate musicals in the last ten seasons, we have never found the genre easy to innovate with or reinterpret,” says Arkady Spivak, TIFT artistic director. “There are simply too many disparate elements such as text and music to consolidate successfully, that one often tends to revert to the traditional way of staging classic works. So this is our renewed attempt to look at things differently, and we are approaching it with an equal share of fear and fascination.”
Tickets are $33 plus HST and service fees. Group and subscription rates are also available. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at (705) 792-1949, www.tift.ca.

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