REVIEW: Guys and Dolls presented by Sierra School of Performing Arts

Image: Mark Carey.

The Sierra School of Performing Arts blew the audience out of the park with their production of Guys and Dolls. It’s a tale of gamblers balancing their love for the game with their love for their girlfriends. It’s the perfect play for the family, with lots to love from parents and kids.

Warning: the show contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for young children.

Every aspect of the musical was phenomenal. The acting was very well done and each actor truly encompassed their character. Each song was on key and sang in impressive octaves. The dancing seemed to never miss a beat, with fun surprises twirled into the action at times.


This Broadway recreation of Guys and Dolls was performed with a level of perfection that is not easy to achieve. The hard work and dedication given to this production shows on the stage.

An impressive aspect to the performance was the 9-piece orchestra playing live. The music played was so flawless it sounded as if it did come from a track! However, live theater that also incorporated live music is always something to be commended.

I cannot stress enough how amazing this performance was.

The costumes of the show is another highlight to the night. Volunteers helped design them, and I would love to applaud the hard work devoted to the craft. I felt transported back to the early 90s, with fun bright colors worn by the Hot Box girls to the “mobster” styled suit and ties worn by the gamblers.

At one point in the performance, two characters traveled from the city to Havana. Some cute plants and playful colors completely changed the stage. The transformation was incredibly immersive, which is an appreciated aspect. Despite the changes to the stage being slight, the ambience completely altered and I was taken to Cuba alongside the characters. The Havana set was definitely my favorite from the night.

I cannot stress enough how amazing this performance was. If you’re craving some top-notch theater and a romantic evening under the stars, go check out Guys and Dolls.

The performance takes place at Robert J. Hawkins Amphitheatre, so don’t forget to bring jackets and blankets to cuddle up.

The Details

Dates: 8/9, 8/10, 8/16, 8/17, 8/18, 8/22, 8/23, 8/24 @ 7:30 PM (Gates open at 6:45 PM)

Tickets

  • VIP Seating & Parking $45 (Advance Purchase Only)
  • Reserved Seating $25 Advance Purchase ($28 at the Door)
  • Upper Lawn Seating $15

Cast

  • Alexa Bernal as Sarah Brown
  • Kirk Gardner as Nathan Detroit
  • Sophie Moeller as Miss Adelaide
  • Jeff Chamberlain as Sky Masterson
  • Mark Calise as Nicely-Nicely Johnson
  • Christopher Fesenmaier as Benny Southstreet
  • Daniel Shaver as Rusty Charlie
  • Dave Anderson as Harry the Horse
  • Michael Peters as Lt. Brannigan
  • Grant Humason as Big Jule
  • Scott House as Arvide Abernathy
  • Traci Biondi as General Cartwright
  • Veronica Fraser as Agatha
  • Keith Lightfoot as Joey Biltmore
  • Katie Hughes as Mimi
Kylie Masznicz
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Kylie Masznicz is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno studying English with a concentration in writing and minoring in Communication Studies. She writes culture pieces for ThisIsReno, but her work has also been featured on Broadway Baby and Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal. Her goal is to one day author a novel. She enjoys art of all forms, but chooses to express her own creativity through writing, music, and nail art. She also collects Christmas sweaters and has enough to wear one everyday from Thanksgiving to New Years.

1 Comment

  1. It is wonderful that Reno’s culture and art is alive!I wish that the beautiful Lear theatre building was reconstructed and used for that matter.The building is a real architectural jewel in downtown,being abandoned for years.Hopefully the deal between Artown and the Sierra school of Performing Arts will be soon solved and the historic building will have new owners and flourish filled with arts.Good luck!!!!

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