Photo gallery: Guys & Dolls at Dereham Memorial Hall, April 12
PUBLISHED: 08:33 17 April 2014 | UPDATED: 08:33 17 April 2014
The New York underground of gangsters and gamblers was brought to Dereham by the town's up-and-coming stage stars.
The 1950s classic musical Guys & Dolls was this year’s choice for Dereham Operatic Society Youth Theatre Company’s (DOSYTCo) Easter production.
It sees all the hot gamblers in town, depending on Nathan Detroit 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 secure a venue.
Throw in Sarah Brown, who needs more sinners to join the mission she runs; Sky Masterson, who accepts Nathan’s $1,000 bet that he can’t get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana and Miss Adelaide, who wants to Nathan to marry her, and you’ve got the ingredients for quite a musical.
Held at Dereham’s Memorial Hall, the amateur dramatics group, which has members aged seven to 19, put on a professional and first-class performance.
Rachael Bird’s talents shone through as Sarah Brown, Natasha Scollay had highly strung Miss Adelaide down to a tee and Jordan Quirke was believable as Nathan Detroit.
Alfie Mazzei and Elliot Hunter were fantastic as comedic pair Nicely Nicely and Benny Southstreet, popping up throughout the show, and everyone involved in the performance, from the youngest members of the cast to the oldest, gave it their all.
The hours of hard work that had clearly been put into this show came across on stage and on the final night, it was touching to see how surprised and thrilled chorus member Matthew Gook looked to receive the group’s annual award. It was a top-class production and everyone involved should be very proud of themselves – it clearly shows that Dereham has got talent.