The Eastland Performing Arts Program at Reynoldsburg High School will present "Guys and Dolls" beginning at 8 p.m. March 26 with a benefit show for the Anita C. Miller Scholarship Fund.

The Eastland Performing Arts Program at Reynoldsburg High School will present "Guys and Dolls" beginning at 8 p.m. March 26 with a benefit show for the Anita C. Miller Scholarship Fund.

"Guys and Dolls" is a musical based on two short stories written in the 1930s by Damon Runyon, theatre director Doreen Dunn said. Music and lyrics for the original Broadway show were written by Frank Loesser; the book was written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.

She said the cast has been rehearsing four days per week since the first week in February.

"This show came together very quickly because all of the people in the leads are extremely talented," Dunn said.

She said she chose "Guys and Dolls" because she has talented men to play the roles and the story line features male roles.

Dunn said the show has two male leads and two female leads. Reynoldsburg senior Matt Neumann plays Sky Masterson, senior Kristin Yarger plays Miss Adelaide, and junior Sharon Kibe plays Sarah Brown.

Mitchell Harper, a senior from Whitehall, plays Nathan Detroit.

Other Reynoldsburg students in the musical are seniors Brian Horne as Nicely-Nicely and Zach Alexander as Rusty, and junior Jordan Estose as Benny.

Supporting roles are being played by Amanda Clear Creek senior Matt Stanley, Groveport junior Kyle Hill and Reynoldsburg seniors Heather Rudisill and Tim Ellkins and sophomore Dan Stevens.

"There are 103 students participating in the show with 20 students helping with the scenery and costumes, 60 in the onstage cast, 12 running the show backstage," Dunn said.

She said the production will have a full orchestra conducted by RHS's Brian Stevens.

"This has fabulous music and fabulous dancing it's some of the best music ever written for Broadway," Dunn said.

The story takes place in the 1940s in New York City, where a group of small-time gamblers are trying to find a place to hold their crap games and end up using the local mission.

"The gamblers bet with one of the guys (Sky) that he can't date the mission doll, (Sarah) the girl who is in charge of the mission," Dunn said.

"But she doesn't go out with anybody, but the two fall in love, which surprises everybody."

The other lead couple, Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide, provide comic relief, she said.

"They have been engaged for 14 years, and although he never wants to get married, she convinces him it is time," Dunn said.

She said the entire cast as well as the leads all sing throughout the production.

"We have the best singers we've ever had. There is so much talent here it is amazing," she said.

She said the show will run about two and a half hours, including the intermission.

Dunn, who has been involved in performing arts for more than 20 years, said she began teaching performing arts at the high school 14 years ago and helped Anita C. Miller co-found and launch the Eastland Performing Arts Program.

The program is a two-year, school-to-college course for high school juniors and seniors, offering majors in acting, dance, music and technical theatre.

The Miller Scholarship Fund was set up to assist students who plan to major in performing arts when they go to college. To qualify for the scholarship, Dunn said students must compete in an essay contest.

The essays are graded by a review committee and one or two students are awarded scholarships, which range from $1,000 to $4,000.

All performances of "Guys and Dolls" will be staged in the high school theatre at 6699 E. Livingston Ave.

Tonight's benefit for the Anita C. Miller Scholarship Fund begins with a reception at 7 p.m. followed by the show at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $12 each, and all proceeds will go directly to the fund.

Other performances will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, plus a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 29.

Tickets for those shows are $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for students.

There are no phone or reservations accepted but tickets can be purchased at the high school's box office in the front lobby between noon and 3 p.m. today or Friday or at the door one hour before each show. For more information, call 501-4071.