A beauty pageant gone wrong and a bet gone right will unfold on area stages this week as both Gardner Edgerton High School and Spring Hill High School present theatrical productions this week.
Theater students will bring Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls” to GEHS. During the show, gangsters, gamblers and other characters of the New York underworld watch as Nathan Detroit, the operator of a floating gambling event, makes a bet that Sky Masterson can’t get Sarah Brown, a mission “doll,” to go to Havana, Cuba, with him. The musical features well-known hits, “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat,” and “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.”
GEHS theatre students will bring the show to life on Nov. 14, 16 and 17. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14 and Nov. 16 and at 3 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the GEHS Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door.
SHHS students will also open a musical production this weekend. More than 65 students are involved in bringing the musical “Smile” to the stage in Spring Hill. The production centers around a regional beauty pageant for high school seniors showcasing people sometimes wear masks. Behind every smile may lurk fear, anger, insecurity or hatred.
The insightful and modern musical by Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Ashman shows the importance of image and the realities of competition, pride and insecurities.
The production will run for three nights, Nov. 14, 15, 16. The show starts at 7 p.m. each night in the SHHS Auditorium. Tickets can be reserved in advance by emailing Brett Buffum at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.