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Norwalk High Hustles in 'Guys and Dolls'

The “Guys and Dolls” of Norwalk High take the stage Friday evening in the school's annual spring musical. The ever-popular Broadway hit by Frank Loesser is full of familiar music and great dance numbers, says the show's orchestra director and producer Chris Rivera.

“It’s very upbeat and fun for all ages,” he says. You can see the play on Fridays and Saturdays for the next three weekends. Visit the music department's website to buy tickets online. Rivera says he has flashbacks with the show: He played in the pit orchestra when he was a student at Norwalk High in 1997.

More than 110 students participate on and off stage in this elaborate production. Senior John Cunsolo who plays Nicely Nicely Johnson has been a mainstay in Norwalk’s musicals during his high school career. “It’s a different musical style than last year,” says Cunsolo, who as a junior played Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables." This year’s show is especially emotional for him. “I’m still going to be involved in music, but it’s not going to be the same.”

Unlike Cunsolo, senior Andrew Giron is a newcomer to the Norwalk High stage. “I showed up out of the blue,” says Giron, who landed a lead role as Arvide Abernathy. Giron sings at his church but is not a member of the school’s music department. “I regret not being involved in these productions the rest of the years.”

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy — considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy — soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact that she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. in the Norwalk High auditorium April 29, April 30, May 6, May 7, May 13 and May 14. A matinee performance will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Tickets cost $12.

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