Guys and Dolls are coming to town!

QAC prepares its fall musical

Photo: Artwork by Yvan Breton

The QAC brings "Guys and Dolls" to the stage December 1-4.


Something is up at the Holland  Elementary School -- clandestine meetings, men wearing fedoras, girls in risqué attire, and vaguely familiar melodies drifting down the hallways.  Yes, rehearsals are well underway for the Quebec Art Company’s upcoming production of “Guys and Dolls”, one of Broadway’s most popular shows.  Preparations for the company’s biannual musical began earlier this year with summer auditions for the leading roles followed by general auditions in the early fall for supporting roles and the chorus.  QAC president Cheryl Rimmer is back at the helm as director and is delighted by the strength of the cast, both in terms of numbers (over 30) and talent. She reports that “The show is well cast and very balanced, and I am excited and eager to see how it all comes together”. 


Indeed the show opens in just two weeks, and everyone is working hard to polish performances and sharpen the musical numbers before opening night.  Perhaps the hardest working of them all are two newcomers to the company: musical director Susan Stewart and accompanist Hugh Glassco.  Both are enjoying the challenge of adapting the music and their techniques to bring out the best of a diverse group of enthusiastic singers.  At the same time, Laura Palladino is taking care of the choreographic side of the show as she puts an unruly bunch of gamblers and the comely Hot Box Girls through their paces.  This on top of preparations as one of the female leads with her own singing, acting and dancing responsibilities – a very busy doll, indeed!


The story itself revolves around Nathan Detroit (J-P Chartier), a local hood in New York’s Broadway district of the mid-1950s, who is desperately seeking a place to set up his gambling operation, the “oldest permanent floating crap game in New York”.  Beset by troubles with the local police detective (Guy Péron) and his long-suffering fiancée (Laura Palladino), he manages to get the lovely local mission girl (Sharon MacLeod) involved with one of the high-rolling gamblers from out-of-town (Peter Calkins).  Mishaps and misunderstandings ensue but all’s well that ends well – indeed, the finale itself is simply entitled “The Happy Ending”.  


Performances are set for December 1-4 at the Holland  Elementary School. To reserve tickets ($12 adults; $9 65+/ -18), please call 418 254-6552.