The musical production of "Guys and Dolls" has generated excitement and enthusiasm among the cast at Davidson High School.

The musical production of "Guys and Dolls" has generated excitement and enthusiasm among the cast at Davidson High School.

"We were born ready," said Kara Lewis, who has a lead role as Sarah Brown.

Junior Ben Miller, another of the leads as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, said he has stayed in character at times even off stage.

"The story line is good and it's very musical, in its definition," said Miller. "A lot of the numbers are very upbeat."

Alex Thomas, who plays a leading role as Sky Masterson, described "Guys and Dolls" as the epitome of a musical comedy.

"People fall in love in the end, and there's guys who are a little too risky and women who are a little too conservative," he said of the show which will open May 2 at 8 p.m. That will be followed by an evening performance on May 3 and a 3 p.m. matinee for the general public on May 4.

Lewis said Director Trace Crawford described "Guys and Dolls" as the musical that other musicals aspire to be like.

The costumes are bright in color and the backdrops so professional that Drama President Tyler Edwards did not realize initially that they would be used in the high school production.

Randomly, during the performance, Miller said, they break into song, and then go back as if nothing ever happened.

"I have to say I love the concept of breaking out into song," he said. "If I could, I would do it every day."

He is particularly excited about his song "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat."

Jessica Zambrotta, who plays opposite Tyler as Miss Adelaide, describes Miller's song as a "show stopper."

Andrew Tuchow, as Rusty Charlie, said it is easy to portray your character on stage when you want to do it and when the songs are great.

Miller, appearing in his first musical, said he began conserving his voice during the past week or more after straining his vocal chords by screaming in rehearsal.

"Especially that number, I want that to be perfect," he said.

Lewis said she and Thomas are dating off stage. At the same time Miller and Zambrotta have a close relationship.

"It helps when there is chemistry between the leads, when they interact," Miller said. "It makes it a lot easier to do."

Although they are together on and off stage, Thomas said he and Lewis have been doing shows together since they were freshmen so it is not a big problem.

Since they are close, they are able to give one another direction.

Thomas helped Lewis with her acting, and she guided him through the musical numbers.

Lewis said Thomas is a good singer, but he was not confident at first.

"As far as Kara and Jessica go," Miller said, "I think they are both extremely talented."

Lewis and Zambrotta have been friends since childhood, but their characters have never interacted in any of the performances.

For the first and last time they will sing a duet in "Guys and Dolls".

'This show for me as a senior is not only the peak of my high school performance, but it is what made me say 'You know what, if I don't make it in film and T.V. I would be perfectly happy doing this for a living,'" Edwards said.

Tuchow said he hopes that the theater and music programs do not die down if future levies fail to pass and further cuts are made in the district.

"Senior choir is like a family to us," he said. "I know a lot of people don't get that. But without that, I know I couldn't make it through school."

It will be the last show for the seniors helping to make up the large cast of 58.

"It's going to be hard for me to leave," said Edwards, who has assumed the identity of Nathan Detroit in the musical.

Last year Edwards said good-bye to close friends, Hartman Brawley and Jeff Meyers, when they were graduated from Davidson.

At the beginning of this school year, he made friends with several juniors. This time, he said, he will do the leaving as he heads off to Otterbein College.

Zambrotta plans to pursue her dream of going to New York, while Thomas heads to Chicago and Lewis to Northwestern.

Several members of the cast and crew plan to go into the performing arts.

People have advised them to have a "Plan B," but Zambrotta, Lewis and Thomas disagree.

Failure is not an option, Zambrotta said if there is no "Plan B."