On Friday-Sunday, February 10-12, Princeton Academy Middle School students presented their winter performance of the Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls JR. They performed alongside students from Stuart Country Day School and the show took place at the Stuart Little Theater. Corinne Sekinger served as stage director and choreographer, and Music Teacher Jonathan Britt served as music director. Instrumental to the play was Assistant to the Head of Lower School John Kling, who lent his talents as a member of the cast and helped to coordinate many aspects of the performance.
A synopsis of the play provided by Musical Theatre International:
Set in Damon Runyon's New York City, the ensemble cast told the story of gambler, Nathan Detroit (played by eighth grader Zakir Zaidi), as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide (played by Stuart eighth grader Ava Roche), laments that they've been engaged for 14 years without ever getting married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson (played by eighth grader Evan Lilienthal), for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown (played by Stuart seventh grader Caroline Bednar). Guys and Dolls JR. takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.
"Our characters are faced with the option to move beyond themselves, finding new places in the heart to take risks, trust their hearts, and love more truly," states Sekinger. She continues, "Full of great moments, this show is fresh and full of life, just like its cast."
Full Middle School cast (including cameo performances by our very own faculty and staff):
Christopher Dorey as Nicely-Nicely Johnson
Russell Clark as Benny Southstreet
Benjamin Kelly as Liver Lips Louie
Ken Jiang as Society Max
Caroline Bednar as Sarah Brown
John Kling as Arvide Abernathy
Eva Nester as Agatha and Mimi
Nick Callan as Harry the Horse
Xavier Silverio as Brannigan
Zakir Zaidi as Nathan Detroit
Ryan Lagay as Angie the Ox
Joshua Reece as Rusty Charlie
Ava Roche as Adelaide
Evan Lilienthal as Sky Masterson
Sean Liebowitz as Big Jule
Dolores Hawrylo, Dee Harris, Lorrie Benditt, Brooke Gadasi and Grant Franke as Hot Box Cameos
Congratulations to the entire cast and crew on three wonderful performances! Thank you to all of the Production Staff and especially the parent volunteers, who gave their time and talents so willingly to make the show a resounding success... Bravo!
Enjoy a slideshow of pictures from the performance: