Broadway came to life in the ambitious and infectious Guys and Dolls at Migration Hall in Kingsville this past weekend. The company’s take on the 1950s tale of gamblers, dancers and soul-savers in New York City had the opening night audience smiling, laughing and tapping their feet to some irresistibly catchy music, flashy costumes and fun choreography.
The hall was set up in a cabaret style with circular tables throughout the floor and a serious selection of food and drink was available inside and at an outdoor food truck. It was a phenomenal layout for this presentation.
Guys and Dolls follows the story of obsessive gambler Sky Masterson (Eric Minch) as he is challenged by Nathan Detroit (Dan Santos) that he cannot take prim and proper missionary Sarah Brown (Becca Silvius) on a date. Detroit is not without his own trials in the romantic world; his fiancée of 14 years, Miss Adelaide (Stephanie Allen Santos), is growing impatient with his endless gambling ways.
The production featured four extremely strong leads, each bringing distinctive voices and talents to the show, making it a lively and fun-filled evening. Minch was slick, debonair and a smooth player as Sky, while Dan Santos offered some adorable and loveable sleaze to Detroit.
The leading women were equally as charming. Stephanie Allen Santos was as cute as a button as Miss Adelaide – this was a shining moment and a perfectly crafted roll. And I must say, it’s also the only time I’ve ever seen her in her unmentionables, when she got a little cheeky during those Hot Box routines. Silvius keeps getting better with every show. She was absolutely adorable as Gertrude McFuzz in last year’s Seussical, but with Sarah Brown, she raised the bar. Silvius had a charm that reminded me of the girl-next-door characters Sandra Bullock played earlier in her career.
Another standout was Brett Hallick who was a pure joy to watch as Nicely-Nicely Johnson. He gave the character a good balance – there was just enough cynical and deadpan mocking to know he’s a diehard gambler, but he also gave the role a little fun and sympathy, which made the character much more loveable. Johnson is the type of character that can make or break the relationship between the gamblers and Hallick elevated the him beyond what most community players might do with the role.
The Hot Box and Havana scenes were fun. The cheesy cabaret of Bushel and A Peck was super fun and the crowd loved the dresses getting ripped off in Take Back Your Mink. The stellar Havana dance routine was a highpoint in the show.
There’s a lot of theatre competition in Windsor-Essex at the moment, but Guys and Dolls is a bit like a trusted old friend – it’s a guaranteed good time. With Migration Hall’s annual productions, you’re always guaranteed a hit.
The production featured four strong leads, each bringing distinctive talents to the show, making it a lively and fun-filled evening. It took an incredible cast, crew and orchestra to put this show together. Director Melissa McLeod crafted a combination of acting, choreography, live music in a fast moving and lively show that can’t be missed.
Guys and Dolls runs for three more shows at Migration Hall on March 1, 2 and 3. If it’s anything like opening weekend, seating will go fast. Tickets are $25 each or $20 when purchased in tables of eight. For more visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/migrationhallkingsville/events/?ref=page_internal
- Sky Masterson – Eric Mlinch
- Nathan Detroit – Dan Santos
- Sarah Brown – Becca Silvius
- Miss Adelaide – Stephanie Allen Santos
- Nicely-Nicely Johnson – Brett Hallick
- Benny Southwest – Greg Iler
- Rusty Charlie – Steven Richardson
MEMBERS OF THE SAVE-A-SOUL MISSION
- Arvide Abernathy – Jane Renaud
- Agatha – Becky Glover
- Calvin – Kyle C Haight
- Martha – Kelsey Laliberty
- General Matilda B. Cartwright – Laurie Niefer
- Harry The Horse – Sean Humenny
- Big Jule – Donny Thievierge
- Angie The Ox – Dylan Dundas
- Crapshooters & Gamblers – Mike Deimling, Liz Durance, Becky Glover, Wallace Green, Kyle C Haight, Ryan Hallick, Stacey Jones, Marci Kavannaugh-Roy, Kelsey Laliberty, Emily LeClaire, Geralyn O’Brien, Savannah Mastronardi, Teresa Mazzella, Rachel Park, Cyndy Silvius, Mara Waites
- LT. Brannigan – Mike Deimling
THE HOT BOX NIGHTCLUB
- Mimi – Teresa Mazzella
- Hot Box Dancers – Liz Durance, Stacey Jones, Kelsey Laliberty, Emily LeClaire , Savannah Mastronardi, Teresa Mazzella
- Barbara – Geralyn O’Brien
- Joey Biltmore – Ryan Hallick
- Master of Ceremonies – Ryan Hallick
- Flute – Tina Fabischek, Jackie Mailloux, Nicole Topliffe, Laura Santarossa, Sheena Nykolaiszyn
- Violin – Susi Dupuis
- Reeds – Sarah McCallum, Laura Hall, Lorraine Capel-Cure, Matthew Grayson
- Trumpet – Amanda Hanson, Leah Harwood, Austin Laprise
- French Horn – Rachel Lewis, Linda Savenye
- Trombone – Alison Stoll, Neil Johnstone
- Tuba – Jonah Hall
- Bass Guitar – Adrien Gagnon
- Piano – Liz Coulthard
- Drum Set – Taylor Unis
- Percussion – Khalid Baksh
- Conductor – Beth Dykeman
- Guys – Art Brunet, Andy Carscadden, Bob Goodwin, Larry Robinet, Ray Silvius, Mitch Snaden, Joe VanNiekerk
- Dolls – Arlene Bryce-Hanson, Linda Dalley, Ricci George, Mary Gloster, Felicia Heron, Sharon Hocevar, Marilyn Laframboise, Kathy Langlois, Randee Mayrand, Marlene Moore, Kathleen Paterson, Julia Santin, Michelle Santin, Janet Snaden
- Director – Melissa McLeod
- Vocal Director – Erin Armstrong
- Choreographer – Becca Silvius
- Assistant Director – Kyle C. Haight
- Stage Manager – Angelica Haggert
- Orchestral Director – Beth Dykeman
- Administration – Laurie Niefer
- Technical Director – Jim Hulme & Bill Porteous
- Lighting Design & Tech – David Crawley
- Technical Crew – Lauren Crowley, Amada Slingerland, Nic Willemsma
- Set Concept & Deign – Becca Silvius
- Set Construction – Bas Britnell, Art Bruner, Mike Deimling, Dylan Dundas, Becky Glover, Wallace Green, Brett & Ryan Hallick, Jim Hulme, Sean Humenny, Greg Iler, Kelsy Laliberty, Emily LeClair, Phil Marynerwich, Savannah Mastronardi, Laurie Niefer, Geralyn O’Brien, Rachel Park, Bill Porteous, Steven Richardson, Chris Ryan, Dan Santos, Becca Silvius, Ray Silvius, David Sivak, Mara Waites, Matt Daudlin & KDHS Tech Zone
- Set painting – Becca Silvius, Olivia Jones, Stacey Jones, Kelsey Laliberty, Teresa Mazzella, Laurie Niefer, Geralyn O’Brien, Rachel Park, Stephanie Allen Santos, Cyndy Silvius
- Stage Crew – Bill Porteous, Jude Mercer, Juliana Willemsma
- Properties – Cyndy Silvius
- Props Crew – Kyle C. Haight
- Costume Coordinator – Bonnie Porteous
- Costume Crew – Stephanie Allen Santos, Monika Jezierska, Stacey Jones, Olivia Jones, Emily LeClaire, Melissa McLeod, Rachel Park, Larissa Porteous, Becca Silvius
- Hair & Make-up – Jennifer Mastronardi, Samantha George
- Front of House – Elaine Krestel, Janet Barraco, Louise Barraco, Joe Hocevar, Migration Hall Ushers
- Production Liaison – Bonnie Porteous
- Production Team – Bonnie Porteous, Melissa McLeod, Becca Silvius, Kyle Haight, Angelica Haggert, Jim Hulme, Bill Porteous, Stephanie Allen Santos
- Marketing, Promotion & Advertising – Stephanie Allen Santos, Lucretia Barraco
- Program – Stephanie Allen Santos, The Kingsville Reporter
- Migration Hall Board – Bonnie Porteous (Chair), Betsey Sabara (Vice Chair), Larry Paterson (Town Council Rep), Julia Burgess (GECDSB Trustee), Bill Toews (KDHS Principal), Heather McDonald, Marg Stevens (Past Chair), Stephanie Allen Santos (Manager), Peter Slingerland (Technical Director).