Weekday afternoons in February at the Kuna Performing Arts Center are full of song, dance and lots of acting, as 63 cast members and 31 orchestra and band members from Kuna High School rehearse this year’s musical, "Guys and Dolls" by Frank Loesser.

Kuna High Fine Arts Department, under the direction of Kuna High teachers Myrissa Jeppson, Ryan Olsen and Skyler Krall, held open auditions for roles and orchestra positions in November and started rehearsals the beginning of December. The performances will be 7 p.m. March 1-3 with a matinee at 2 p.m. March 3.

In this Tony Award-winning musical comedy, a New York gambler Nathan Detroit (performed by KHS senior, Thayne Warnick) has few options for the location of his big craps game. Needing $1,000 to pay a garage owner to host the game, Nathan bets a rival gambler, Sky Masterson (Brayden Olson, senior), that Sky cannot get virtuous Sarah Brown (Grace Waite, senior) out on a date. Despite some resistance, Sky negotiates a date with her in exchange for bringing people into her mission.

Meanwhile, Nathan's longtime fiancée and Hot Box star, Adelaide (Ariana Troxell, sophomore), wants him to finally marry her.

The orchestra will be on the stage as part of the set with the Hot Box Dancers, mission members, gamblers, police and townspeople singing and dancing all around them. Familiar songs include the catchy “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat," “I Love You, a Bushel and a Peck” and “Luck be a Lady.”

Kuna High School has a proud history of presenting high-quality musicals to the community every other year. This is the fifth musical production in 10 years. The community attendance and support make it possible for the continued outstanding quality productions.

The last musical, in 2016, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," was highly successful. The profits from that musical have gone into this production of "Guys and Dolls." The musicals are self-funded. No funds from the Kuna School District are used. Overall the cost for "Guys and Dolls" will be between $13,000-$14,000. The Frank Loesser script and rights for four performances cost $5,500. This is different for each script. The "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" rights was $10,000.

However, more money is needed for costumes this year, $1,500-$2,000, which doesn’t include personal clothing provided by cast members. The set includes multi-level walkways and platforms and was built by volunteers over Christmas break costing $4,000 in materials. A pianist and choreographer where hired to help with the production this time also. Plus, there are miscellaneous fees for ticket sales, website, advertising, lighting crew, props, etc.

Tickets cost:

  • $10 for adults
  • $8 for students with current student ID
  • $8 for seniors

Tickets are available:

  • From any cast or orchestra member
  • www.kunaperformingartscenter.org (there is an additional $1 ticket fee online)
  • The Kuna Performing Arts Center Box Office:
    • 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 to Friday, Feb. 23
    • 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 to Wednesday, Feb. 28

For questions about tickets, contact Rhonda Johnson at 208-869-5966.

 

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