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‘Guys and Dolls’ in Oakes

The musical “Guys and Dolls” takes the stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 23-26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Oakes High School in Oakes.

The Oakes Theater Group has reorganized and become active again after many years of inactivity. This spring, it held auditions and a cast of 28 people from Oakes and surrounding communities are part of the production.

“ Guys and Dolls” is set in the 1950s and tells the story of a group of gamblers who are all depending on Nathan Detroit (Geoffrey Rath) to set up this week’s incarnation of “The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York.” The only problem is, he needs $1,000 to get the place. Throw in Sarah Brown, (Jane Andersen), who’s short on sinners at the mission she runs; Sky Masterson (Mike Spiese), who accepts Nathan’s $1,000 bet that he can’t get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana, Cuba; Miss Adelaide (Carley Spiese), who wants Nathan to marry her, seasoned gambler Harry the Horse (Father Bill Gerlach) and Police Lt. Brannigan (Ron Goodman).

Mike Spiese is directing the production.

“We wanted to provide the people of Oakes an opportunity to perform in a community theater setting and also to give the people of our community a chance to see a play of this caliber, locally,” he said. “We really want to thank the Oakes Public School, Mr. Josh Johnson and Dawn Osborn for allowing us to use this wonderful facility.”

Others working on the artistic team include: Doug, Jeremy and Tim Sitzler designing and building the set, Mindy Presler and Crystal Casaroti set painting, Suzanne Spiese designing costumes and choreography, Kathie Hay directing the music, Jeff Van Oort directing the orchestra and Dorothea Rath, assisting the director and publicity.

Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $8 for adults and $5 for students K-12. For more information, call Oakes Drug at (701) 742-2118.