The Naples Players Announce the Cast of GUYS & DOLLS

The Naples Players Announce the Cast of GUYS & DOLLS

The Naples Players (TNP) announce the cast for the upcoming classic musical production, Guys & Dolls, which runs March 6 - April 7, 2019 in Blackburn Hall at The Naples Players Sugden Theatre.

The artistic duet that led the creative and musical direction behind TNP's sell-out productions, Chicago and Irving Berlin's White Christmas, are leading the charge once again on Guys & Dolls. Naples favorite Dawn Lebrecht Fornara is directing/choreographing and paired with the masterful musical direction of Charles Fonara. In fact, it was 15 years ago that this musical brought Charlie and Dawn together for the first time. Now they re-live those moments, but as a married couple.

Guys & Dolls is a classic American musical featuring some of Frank Loesser's most memorable tunes, including the hilarious "Adelaide's Lament," the romantic "I've Never Been in Love Before," the exuberant "If I Were a Bell," and the classic "Luck Be a Lady." Involving the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings, Guys & Dolls follows the story of a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but. Guys & Dolls takes us from bustle of Times Square to the dance clubs of Havana to the sewers of New York City as it demonstrates the great lengths to which a guy will go when he truly falls in love with a "doll".

Performing in this masterful and unforgettable musical, are cast members: Amy Hughes and Jesse Hughes, another married couple remembered for their notable performances in TNP's Music Man as Marian and Harold Hill, play Sarah Brown and Sky Masterson respectively. TNP newcomer David Shaffer is Nathan Detroit and Jessica Walck (Sylvia, Chicago) is Miss Adelaide. Reprising the successful and memorable TNP Guys & Dolls production from 15 years ago, Joseph Loiacono returns to perform as Arvide Abernathy again as well as Jim Corsica as Nicely-Nicely Johnson. Bev Canell, oft referred to with the upmost admiration as "The General" within the walls of the Sugden Community Theatre, is reprising her unforgettable role as General Cartwright. Completing the cast is Len Becker as Harry the Horse, Bob Patteri as Big Jule, Paul Lopresti plays Lieutenant Brannigan, Jason Eugenides is Benny Southstreet, Evelyn Kasper is Agatha, and Jack Weld as Rusty Charlie. Ensemble members include: Gaby Biagi, Mackenzie Black, Julia Cornwall, Sophia Costa, Adam Fasano, Frankie Federico, Jeremy Giovinazzo, Wiefta Jean, Kevin Kenneally, Elizabeth Marcantonio, Harry McCartney, Stephanie Nelson, Jack Norkeliunas, Ella Pflaumer, Thomas Richardsn, Ryan Roberge, Logan Szittai, Sharon True, Perry Ventro, Lindsey Walsh, and Elyse Yun.

Stage Management is by Cole Butcher and Jules Branche and Amy Tran are the Assistant Stage Managers. Guys & Dolls is produced with Scenic Design by Mike Santos, Lighting Design by Craig Walck and Chris Riley, Sound Design by Bradley Van Houten, and Costume Design by Dot Auchmoody.

Guys & Dolls runs March 6 - April 7, 2019 in Blackburn Hall at The Naples Players at Sugden Theatre at 701 5th Avenue South in Naples. Tickets are $45 and are available for purchase online at or by contacting the Box Office at (239) 263-7990.

The Naples Players (TNP) Sugden Community Theatre is Naples' oldest and premier theatre and a vital part of the exciting experience of Downtown Naples. Celebrating its 65th season, and as one of the top theatres in the country, TNP offers a variety of plays and musicals in their three performance spaces: Blackburn Hall, the Tobye Studio Theatre, and outside on the Baker Stage - all located in one building on Fifth Avenue South. KidzAct, Southwest Florida's premier youth theatre program, offers top quality productions as well as in-depth skills classes for children. Adult education classes are offered throughout the year for first-time performers to skilled professionals. TNP Readers Theatre offers an opportunity to hear new works as well as rare one acts and classics.

The Naples Players continually seeks to enrich, educate, and entertain the community through a superior theatre experience. TNP is inspiring passion for the performing arts through life-long opportunities to participate in vibrant theatrical experiences. The 65th Anniversary Season, generously sponsored by Tanya & Denny Glass, is filled with dazzling musicals including Guys & Dolls - alongside hysterical comedies, such as Don't Dress for Dinner, magical Shakespearean classic like A Midsummer Night's Dream and World Premiere shows.

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