The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy hit, "Guys and Dolls," will hit the stage this weekend at Canterbury School's Maguire Auditorium.

Shows will be presented Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8 p.m. curtain.

Free seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Set against the rough and tumble world of 1920s and '30s New York City, the play depicts the unlikely romance of high-stakes gambler Sky Masterson and strait-laced Sister Sarah Brown from the Save A Soul Mission, as well as the tribulations of showgirl Miss Adelaide and gambler Nathan Detroit, who have different perspectives on their 14-year engagement.

Frank Loesser created the music and lyrics, with book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, based on short stories by Damon Runyan.

"Guys and Dolls" won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, during its first Broadway run in 1950-51 and was revived on Broadway in 1976, 1992 and 2009.

Among those performing the leads are Ally LaVigne of New Milford as Sarah Brown, Harry McDowell of Wilton as Sky Masterson, Lydia Haynes as Miss Adelaide and K.J. Ebner of Harwinton as Nathan Detroit.

The show also features Loren Winters of Sherman as General Cartwright, Sam Portelance of New Milford as Brannigan, Brian Lopez of Newburgh, N.Y. as Nicely Nicely Johnson, James Cafran of South Salem, N.Y. as Benny Southstreet, Jeff Celiker of Mountain Lakes, N.J. as Harry the Horse, Peter Bergner as Arvide and faculty member Derek Richardson as Big Jule.

Also in the cast are Robyn Chandler, Lucy Sowerby and Marlene Berke of New Milford.

Rose Skarzenski of Brookfield is the chief for a crew including Alice Bouchard and Thomas Esposito of New Milford.

Madeline Dreeke is the director and Robin Dreeke is the producer.

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Norm Cummings

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