PERFORMERS are preparing to hit the stage with their take on the Tony Award-winning musical, Guys and Dolls. 

Following on from their two night sell-out show ‘A Night at the Musicals’ in March, Performing Arts students from Shrewsbury College are bringing the 1950s Broadway show set in the 1930s New York gangster scene, to Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn for the first time in five years. 

With themes of marriage, gambling and religion, the show combines comedy and romance in a musical extravaganza. 

As well as performing in the show, the students have also been tasked with other production roles, including assisting the director, stage management and marketing, to help them gain valuable experience of various roles within the industry. 

Level 3 Performing Arts student, Christian Lugtu, 18, from Shrewsbury, will be playing lead protagonist, Nathan Detroit as well as acting as dance captain for the show. 

He said: “I am thoroughly enjoying bringing Nathan Detroit to life, he’s a great character to play and I just can’t wait get on the stage now. 

“It’s great that we’ve been involved in other roles in this production, it really helps us develop knowledge and experience which will help us when we leave college.” 

Michael Jenkins, course tutor and show director, said: “I am very excited to be doing the show with such an extremely talented bunch of students. With infectious music, well-known songs and a brilliantly comic script, it is going to be one of the best musicals the #HQPA students have produced to date.” 

Opening night is now less than a fortnight away with performances taking place on Tuesday, June 16; Wednesday, 17; and Thursday, 18; at 7.30pm at Theatre Severn. 

Tickets cost £12 (£8 concessions) and can be purchased by telephoning: 01743 281281 or by visiting: 

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