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‘Guys and Dolls’ a ‘high energy’ show

Perham-Rehearsals for this year’s Perham community musical, “Guys and Dolls,” are going “wonderfully,” according to Director Nicole Mattfeld. The cast has been running the show all the way through and is expected to practice with the pit orchestra by the end of the week.

“Being in the musical is a big commitment,” she said, adding, “The students and adults involved are working extremely hard.”

The play is about gambler Nathan Detroit (played by Matt Stoll) who is running out of options for the locations of his craps games in New York City.

Needing $1,000 to pay a garage owner to host the game, Nathan bets big-shot Sky Masterson (Patrick Murphy) that Sky cannot get virtuous Sarah Brown (Audrey Swanson), head of the Mission, to go on a date with him. Despite some resistance, Sky negotiates a date with Sarah in exchange for bringing new members into her mission.

Meanwhile, Nathan’s longtime fiance, Adelaide (Eleanor Biederman), wants him to propose so they can begin their life together.

This show is about the biggest gamble of all... love.

For Mattfeld, one of the exciting aspects of staging a musical and rehearsing at least four hours, three to four days a week, is seeing the cast develop their characters.

“I am very blessed to be able to work with such a committed and talented group of individuals,” Mattfeld said. I have enjoyed watching the actors evolve into their characters and embrace the show even more than when we began. It’s the most rewarding part of being a director.

Mattfeld, who also choreographed the dance numbers, is joined on the production crew by Pit Band Conductor Larry Wankel and Set Designer  Bonnie Tweeton. Josh Burke built the musical’s sets.

Rounding out the show’s characters are Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Ian Christenson); Benny Southstreet (Cole Carignan); Rusty Charlie (Jonathan Staebler); Arvide Abernathy (Dave Howey); Harry the Horse/Joey Biltmore (Andy Newville); Big Jule (Ryan Murphy); Lt. Brannigan (Chuck Johnson); and General Cartwright (Anna Engler).

Musical numbers by the cast will also include an ensemble comprised of Kira Johnson, Dannika George, Malia Groff and Emily Kirchenwitz.

They will also feature dance routines by the Hot Box Dancers, including Shelby Jordahl, Katy Baker, Lourdes Anderson and Maddie Rose.

Mission Band members are Madison Foerderer, Zoie Zitzow, Madison McAllister, Dayton Hammers and Hailey Galbrecht.

Filling in at the craps table are Seth Dykhoff, Drew Birkeland, Kyle Swanson, Gunnar Anderson and Chandler Rach.

“The singing talent in this group of students is really impressive,” Mattfeld said, adding that the audience will certainly enjoy the production.

“This show is full of some high-energy songs, including several dance numbers,” she said. “I think the audience will especially enjoy seeing the male cast members embrace the dancing and energy of the show.”

Tickets for the Perham High School and Community Education production of “Guys and Dolls,” a musical fable of Broadway, are on sale now at the Area Learning Center box office or online at for $12 for adults and seniors and $10 for students.

The musical will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Perham High School auditorium.