This year’s musical, “Guys and Dolls,” succeeds in entertaining audiences.
Written by ADENEY ZO / Published March 16, 2012
On March 9th, 10th, and 11th, Temple City High School performed the musical Guys and Dolls at the San Gabriel Civic, entertaining large crowds with catchy songs and dance numbers.
Every year, the TCHS performing arts department puts on a large-scale musical production that combines the efforts of the Temple City vocal program, Dragonflicks stage crew, and the pit orchestra to create a show of professional caliber.
The past few musicals have been a little different from the usual Broadway romance, but this year’s return to the classic love story (with a twist) still entertains audiences of all ages with its lively humor, catchy songs, and spectacular dance numbers.
“Guys and Dolls” is set in 1950’s New York, where gambling and crime run rampant throughout the city. Nathan Detroit is infamous in the gambling underworld for his illegal and long-running floating crap game (moved to a new location every time to escape authorities), but a bet gone wrong produces an unintentional romance that spells either trouble or luck for these gamblers.
Compared with last year’s orchestral and fairytale-like musical “Cinderella,” the more upbeat jazz music of “Guys and Dolls” was one of the defining aspects of this year’s musical.
Both cast members and audiences enjoyed the show – whether they were watching it or performing it.
“The songs in this show are simply amazing. I find myself humming along to the tunes in class every day,” said senior Stella Yuan, who had a role as a member of the Mission Band. “I will really miss performing these numbers on stage.”
Pit orchestra member Philip Zhang also said, “Being a brass player, I really liked the Big Band jazz feel of the whole musical.”
The musical is the largest performing arts events of the year, and the rehearsals only grew more intense as opening night came ever closer.
“The best part of being in the musical was just sharing the experience with other pit orchestra members,” described concertmaster George Fang. “Going out to eat after practices and performances along with the intense rehearsals really just bonded everyone.”
Similarly, Stella added, “I got to bond with all these people I never knew before, over things as simple as borrowing a hair band and trusting that they would return it to me.”
Though the weeks leading up to the musical were exhausting for the students involved, the bonding experience and satisfaction in being a part of this production made the experience worthwhile.