The Marietta Summer Theatre Festival presents Guys and Dolls, the classic Frank Loesser musical comedy about two couples who roll the dice on romance.
New York’s most infamous crap game organizer, Nathan Detroit, hoping for a big pay day, challenges notorious gambler Sky Masterson to a bet he’s sure he’ll win: take mission girl Sarah Brown to dinner in Havana, Cuba. Sky accepts and pursues her, seemingly hopelessly, while Nathan deals with his own situation – his 14-year fiancée, Adelaide, who’s tired of waiting for a wedding. When bets and love seem at odds, the characters are called to question their priorities to make things right.
Guys and Dolls is a sure bet that soars with the spirit of Broadway. Set in vivid, mid-20th century New York City and buoyed by a Frank Loesser score that is among the most immortal works in theater history, this American classic has been called “the perfect musical comedy.” Featuring an eclectic ensemble of high-rolling gambler “guys,” well-meaning missionary “dolls” and brassy-voiced showgirls, Guys and Dolls is a toe-tappingly fun and romantic fable about gambling men and the strong-willed women who love them.
Special ticket discount for Wood County and Washington County Senior Citizens (age 55+): Tickets for the JULY 1 performance are available for $10.00 to Wood County and Washington County Seniors using the code SENIOR when placing your ticket order. Limited to the first 100 tickets on JULY 1 only. This discount is made possible by the Marie Ausenheimer Senior Arts Fund through the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. The fund was established to bring arts experiences to senior citizens in Wood and Washington counties. (Please note: This discount only applies to remaining tickets that have not yet been sold and is not available retroactively.)
Be sure to check out this summer’s FREE Shakespeare by the River companion production of Twelfth Night!
About the Marietta Summer Theatre Festival
The Marietta Summer Theatre Festival is a co-production of the Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association and the Marietta College Theatre Department. As one of the original programs of the Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association, the Marietta Summer Theatre Festival began to take root six years prior to the 2016 opening of Peoples Bank Theatre. In these early years, productions took place at The Adelphia Music Hall, Mid Ohio Valley Players Theatre, and Marietta College. The 2014 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost in Muskingum Park marked what would become the first season of the Marietta Summer Theatre Festival. With the opening of Peoples Bank Theatre, Shakespeare by The River productions have been paired with Broadway musicals on the theatre stage. The vision from the start has been to produce professional theatre for the Marietta community. The Marietta Summer Theatre Festival provides a rare opportunity to use our historic theatre as it was originally intended — a space to present musical, classical, and new theatre, to a Marietta audience.