Guys and Dolls - November 2014



Nailsea Musicals completed their sell-out run of Guys And Dolls this week to rave reviews.

The show ran for four nights with a Saturday matinee at the Scotch Horn Centre.

It told of how the cream of gambling’s high society gathered in New York for Nathan Detroit’s popular dice game.

The hotshot characters Harry the Horse, Liver Lips Louie, Rusty Charlie and Big Jule from Chicago were all lined up to play and Nathan hoped to make a fortune.

Problem was he’s stony-broke and can’t afford the $1,000 needed for a deposit on a room for the game.

Nailsea district and town councillor Jan Barber said: “A lot of hard work has gone into this production and the audience was very appreciative of the result. 

“Well done to everyone involved, it is a great show. 

“Polished performers Zack Taylor (Guy Masterson), Vicky Midda (Sarah Brown), Tim Price (Nathan Detroit) and Charlie Delahunty (Miss Adelaide) were ably supported by the rest of the cast ensuring a show with pace and exuberance.

 “All of those familiar songs – My Time Of Day, I’ve Never Been In Love Before, Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat – the highlights for me being the excellent choreography for the Crapshooter’s Dance’ and Sky Masterson’s Luck Be A Lady, plus, of course, Adelaide’s Lament about

having a cold!

“The scenery, particularly the computer generated scene in Havana is well done with minimum disruption at the frequent changes. 

“A special mention must also go to the musicians, Richard Lennox on piano/keyboard and Neil Hedger on drums. 

“Live music at its best.”

Based on a story and characters created by Damon Runyon, this hugely popular and multi award-winning musical originally opened in 1950, winning five Tony Awards including best musical.

It gives you a love story between missionary zealot Sarah Brown from the Save-A-Soul Mission and notorious player Sky Masterson, a gambler who can’t turn down a challenge even when the wager requires he woo pious Sarah all the way to Havana.

Nailsea Musicals began in 1977 as Nailsea Musical Comedy Club and its first performance was the musical Oliver! in 1978.

During the past 36 plus years it has gone from strength to strength and now performs three or four shows each season.

Its membership is spread over three sections: Minis, Juniors and Adults.

All sections rehearse on at the Mizzymead Recreation Centre with the Minis at 9.45am and the Juniors at 10.30am on Saturdays and the Adults at 7.30pm on Wednesdays.

It welcomes new members both front and back of house.