Newcomers to the Parker Theatre Productions summer musical cast stole the show at last nights opening performance of Guys and Dolls. The four principal actors in this production are all first time PTP actors. Robert John Hadfield was simply fabulous as Sky Masterson and commuted from Thornton for rehearsals. His "Doll" Sarah Brown was portrayed by the lovely Shelby Varra is a Legend High School graduate and UNC student. She was stunning on stage and has the lilting voice of an angel. The quirky and funny role of Nathan Detroit was nailed by Cimarron Middle School's drama teacher Paul Rivet. His acting and vocals were outstanding and his humorous timing and physical comedy was on point for the role. Our favorite performer of the night was Nicole Carlson as Miss Adelaide. Her acting, lovely singing voice, quirky walk and famous sneezes were just a delight to witness.
Nathan Detroit's cronies Nicely-Nicely (Adam Kinney) Benny Southstreet (Ryan Gerhard) and Rusty Charlie (Nathan Smith) all deserve a shout out as well. Clay Russell brought his own brand of physical humor as the "Brady Bottle Bates" proving there are no small roles. You will remember him as Tevya in Fiddler and one of the four person cast of "Greater Tuna" Parker Theatre Production's first official show. The most touching moment of the show was when Arvide Abernathy (David Priboth) sang "More I Cannot Wish You" to Miss Brown (Shelby Varra).
Returning talent this summer included Alicia Pope, found of the Parker Chorale as Mimi, Kim Marsh, Andrew and Hannah Stanley, assistant director Cyndi Koehler, Sylvia and Andrew Hoffman, Time Chamberlain, Susan Pearson, Cate Baker, Hannah Smith, Sarah Pope, Abbie Mahnken, Ryan and Emily Gerhard, Julie Uhernik, Morgan Moritz, Taylor Zoglmann and Elizabeth Stanley.
Equally as important as the performers on stage are the people behind the scenes that work tirelessly to put on a show. Set designer Shawn Albrechtson, set builder / float creator Phil Harris, choreographer Beverly Pinkerton, music director Abigail Cate, light designer Shane Lembke, costume designer Julie Snow, hair and makeup by Elise Belnap and Sylvia Hoffman and pit musicians Aeryk Parker, Gwynn Mayeux, Justin Peterson, Amy Darling, Nick Bidinger, Aimee Nelson Jen Ford and Brian Jaffe were all crucial to the practically flawless opening night.
Kim Moore, the president of Parker Theatre Productions and director of Guys & Dolls wants to thank her huge cast for their tireless work and to the community for returning to audition every year and supporting the mission of this summer musical, that of donating money to the Parker Task Force, a food bank that serves the local area in many ways in times of need.
The Mission of Parker Theatre Productions is threefold:
- To provide performance opportunities to creative folks of all ages.
- To assist the community in the enrichment of tis artistic identity.
- To support charities to the maximum extent possible.