HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Saint Louis School is "betting" on a winner with its production of Guys and Dolls, performed by a talented high school cast made up of Crusader students and young local singers, actors and dancers from various Oahu schools. The Tony Award-winning musical will be performed on six play dates, including a Drama Gala fundraiser on Saturday, March 5, 2016. All performances are at the Dr. Richard T. Mamiya Theatre on campus.
"Guys and Dolls" is based on short stories by Damon Runyon with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. The story captures the hustle and bustle of 1940's New York and focuses on lively characters involved in gambling, the women they love and the guys' ultimate salvation. Long-time director Kyle Kakuno will lead the Saint Louis Center for The Arts production which will be musically directed by Diamond Head Theatre veteran Judy Yoshioka and choreographed by Raymond Del Barrio – a member of the 2009 Tony-winning Broadway production. The high school cast is made up of students from Saint Louis School, Sacred Hearts Academy, Punahou School, Mid-Pacific Institute, University Lab School and Kaiser High School.
"We are excited and proud to be working with such a wonderfully gifted cast," said Kakuno. "Being an all-boys institution, there's a powerful dynamic that happens once we add artistic individuals from a variety of schools and backgrounds. It's a great opportunity for our talented young men to tap into their fullest potential by collaborating with others."
The special Drama Gala fundraising performance will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. with tickets at $100 per person. Darnell Arceneaux, Saint Louis class of 1996, will serve as Honorary Chairman for the event which includes a cocktail and pupu reception and free valet parking. For gala ticket information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-739-4896.
Public performances are: Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 6 and 2 p.m.; Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices for public performances are $22 for adults and $18 for students, seniors and military. For information on public performance tickets, email email@example.com or call 808-739-4896.