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Colfax High warms up for show

Dancing Dolls
By: Spencer Hitchcock, Special to the Colfax Record
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Colfax High School students will be starring in the school’s first-ever musical production next month. Opening May 5 is “Guys and Dolls,” a 1950 Broadway musical centered on New York gamblers. The play was popularized by a 1955 film adaptation featuring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brandon. In this huge student-run production, the cast, chorus and musicians alone include about 70 students, with technical theater students numbering another 20. “This is a very difficult show,” said John Deaderick, the show’s director. “It’s the biggest set we’ve ever had. There are many songs and many dances; it’s a lot to manage. That ultimately being the director’s role, to manage,” he said. The show will feature a live pit orchestra made up entirely of Colfax High students. The leads and chorus will sing to a 500-seat theater audience, without the use of microphones. Todd Wilkinson is the musical director for the show. “We have some great musicians in the show. I’m really proud of the people in the pit; they’ve had to learn a ton of music. The leads have had to work really hard. The people in the chorus are working hard, too,” Wilkinson said. Seniors Grant Gutierrez and Amy Hammer, as well as sophomore Daniel Cassilagio and freshman Hannah Hensley, will be playing the lead roles. “In the show, there are four lead characters, two male leads, and two female leads, in couples,” said 18-year-old Grant Gutierrez. “I’m playing Sky Masterson, who’s a hot topic gambler and the more romantic of the guys. He is faced with an inner struggle when he falls in love with a mission doll who is played by Amy Hammer.” Grant likes the involvement by so many from Colfax High. “I’m excited that it’s a student-run production and that our pit orchestra is entirely made up of students with a conductor who’s a teacher on campus, unlike some other local productions,” Grant said. Daniel Cassilagio, 16, said he has been working for his role for a about a year. “As soon as ‘Peter Pan’ was done, I started working on my singing by taking a choir class,” Daniel said. When asked why people should see the play, Deaderick said, “It’s hot, it’s singable, and it’s fun.”