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Tantasqua's guys and dolls put on showstopper

A bite of Runyon's Big Apple in Sturbridge

The Havana dancers lit up the Cuban cantina with a provocative, and mischievous, dance number. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
November 22, 2009
It wasn't the 46th Street Theater — where the show first opened in 1950 — but the audience wouldn't know the difference.

The students of Tantasqua Regional High School staged four performances of the American classic "Guys and Dolls," from Thursday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 22.

With a cast full of gangsters and gamblers, sinners and the sanctimonious "Guys and Dolls," joins the ranks of past Tantasqua productions, boasting flashy costumery, elaborate sets maintained by an extensive stage crew, skillfully choreographed and executed musical numbers, and in this case, even a trip to Cuba.

"This is just cementing the Tantasqua reputation," for quality productions, said Jonathan Costello.

A senior, Costello played Obadiah "Sky" Masterson — once portrayed on the silver screen by the iconically cool Marlon Brando — alongside stellar performances by Joseph Conceison as the nervous gambling promoter Nathan Detroit and his love interest Miss Adelaide, played by Taylor Roy, as well as the saintly Sarah Brown, played by Samantha Stagias and the shifty, but loyal Nicely Johnson, played by Cian Ashworth.

"It's right up there with everything we've done," Costello said following the opening night performance. "I believe this is right up there with 'RENT,' 'South Pacific,' 'Aida.'"

Deeply entrenched in the Tantasqua theatre for years, Costello had mixed emotions on his last first night on the high school stage.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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