Nathan, Adelaide, Sky, and Sarah

Nathan, Adelaide, Sky, and Sarah

Performance Information:

What: The Timeless Comedic Musical, Guys and Dolls
Who: North Star Academy in Redwood City
When: Thursday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m.
Friday,March 1, at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 3, at 1:00 p.m.

Musical Description:
Guys and Dolls, awarded Broadway’s Best Musical Comedy, will be performed by North Star Academy. Featuring colorful characters, hit songs and a clever story line, Guys and Dolls is a delightfully funny fable of gambling men and the women who long to tame them. It all begins with a bet: high-roller Sky Masterson wagers his cohort Nathan Detroit that he can successfully romance the seemingly unattainable Sarah Brown, leader of the Save-A-Soul Mission. Nathan has his own hands full trying to find a spot for his “floating” crap game while keeping one step ahead of his fiancĂ©e’s clutches. The score is a treasure trove of hit songs like Luck Be a Lady, A Bushel and a Peck, Adelaide’s Lament, If I Were a Bell, Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat and the title tune, Guys and Dolls.

Where:
McKinley Auditorium, 400 Duane St., Redwood City

North Star is incredibly fortunate to have the directing talents of Maureen McVerry. Ms. McVerry is an acclaimed singer and performer with over 30 years in the theatre, garnering numerous awards including six Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards and two Drama-Logue Awards. Maureen McVerry has starred in numerous plays and musicals throughout the Bay Area including Pardon My English, The Student Gypsy, High Spirits, Wildcat, Verry McVerry and Very Warm for May. She has also appeared in films, television shows, commercials, and industrial videos that include Nine Months, The Dead Pool, True Believer, Big Business, The Ox and the Eye, Full House, Deadly Whispers, and Wolf. She will be playing Lady Bracknell in BEING EARNEST - for Theatreworks in April (new musical based on Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.) She has been directing elementary school plays for the last 12 years and recently received the Peninsula Arts Council Diamond Award for Arts Educator of the Year.

“I’m thrilled that we have an enthusiastic and talented Director” declared North Star principal Leslie Crane. “North Star offers an amazing performing arts program that includes so many students and allows them to experience and understand all of the working parts of producing a show. Maureen McVerry focuses on refining their skills. The audiences will be amazed by the excellence of the performances.”

“Guys and Dolls will paint you a colorful picture of New York life and the lives of some of the city’s more picturesque characters. This is a time when fun could be found by a roll of the dice and a song in the street,” said Director Maureen McVerry. “This is the perfect romantic comedy that includes a toe-tapping score, zany characters and unforgettable music, making it an audience favorite. It is a singing and dancing extravaganza that spans the gritty streets of 1950s New York City to the night life of Havana highlighting the gambling men and the women that long to tame them.”

This is McVerry's fifth return as Director of North Star Academy’s spring musical. Guys and Dolls was chosen because of its upbeat, entertaining script and fun dance and vocal numbers. “The North Star production contains 100 students and two teachers carrying out great dance and vocal performances. These kids put long hours and their spirit into this production, producing a musical which will be sure to please every audience member," McVerry said. She describes the production as a "fun roll of the dice where the gambling men are out for fun and money and the women are out for love.” But who will win?

The production’s cast members add up to a talented group of 100 third to eighth grade students from North Star Academy. In addition, we are pleased to showcase the directing talents of Maureen McVerry, a recent recipient of the Peninsula Arts Council Diamond Award for her contributions to the arts. In addition to the directing talents of Maureen McVerry, North Star is thrilled to have an excellent team of assistants: Stephanie Finander (costume design), Alisa MacAvoy (producer) and Dave Dobrusky (from 42nd St. Moon as musical director),Rebecca Lowe and Miguel Ochea (assistant choreographers), and teachers Alec Duncan and Austin Ferris. There will be live music provided by professional musicians and parents.

The set will reflect the excitement and fun of 1950s New York as the gamblers and missionaries alike roam the streets searching for love and good fortune. The musical and dance numbers will entertain the audience at every turn. The costumes reflect the period, including a full-range of prim and proper to gangsters with red carnations, depicting the care-free attitude of the time while accenting each actor’s personality.

Don’t miss this rollicking, audience-pleasing family favorite that critics call “the perfect musical comedy!” It is perfect for the entire family.

Purchase reserved tickets at at http://www.northstartix.com/ or within 30 minutes of the performance at the door. Thursday, February 28 and Sunday, March 3rd: $8 youth/seniors, $12 adults online/$14 adults at the door. Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd: $12 general admission/ $14 at the door.

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