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Am-dram groups ready for performances around region

Earlier this year, I took a trip to the Bridge Theatre in London to see one of my favourite shows, Guys and Dolls.

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The cast of "Guys and Dolls" presented by Musical Theatre Stafford

Starring Daniel Mays, Marisha Wallace, and Cedric Neal, in terms of performances it was of course amazing, but what made it even more special was the immersive experience.

Standing up for close on three hours takes some doing at my age, but I am so glad I did it. Being stood alongside the action and moving with the crowd makes you really feel as if you are part of the show and its something I will never forget. I’d highly recommend it.

With a funny script, excellent storyline and unforgettable songs, Guys and Dolls is the perfect am dram musical and that is no doubt why Musical Theatre Stafford has chosen it as their annual show.

This group is made up of talented and dedicated local people who are enthusiastic about providing performing opportunities within their community. Like all am dram groups, they are self-funded and are the oldest community theatre group in Stafford at 104 years old. That is quite an achievement!

From May 1-4, you can join gambler Nathan Detroit and his pals in downtown New York as he tries to find the cash to set up his floating dice game, with Lieutenant Brannigan breathing down his neck and his fiancée of fourteen years, Adelaide putting the pressure on too!

Meanwhile, legendary gambler Sky Masterson is in town and could supply the dollars, but foolishly falls for Nathan’s bet that he cannot take mission doll, Sarah Brown to Havana, Cuba. When Sky falls for Sarah however, there is much more than just his reputation on the line.

The score of Guys and Dolls includes some of the best-loved musical theatre classics such as “Take Back Your Mink,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “The Oldest Established” and of course everyone’s ideal ensemble number, “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat.”

In this production, Will Wood plays Nathan Detroit, Emily-Jayne Nicholls is Sarah Brown, Craig Blower plays Sky Masterson, and Kelly Edwards is Miss Adelaide.

If you love a period piece set in the 1950’s with all the glamour and glitz of the Big Apple, why not pop along to the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre this week?

For tickets, visit or call 01785 619080.

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