A musical littered with gangsters and gamblers, missionaries and showgirls, West Albany High School’s production of “Guys and Dolls” will open Thursday, April 26.

West has put on a school-wide musical annually since 2004’s “Nunsense.” The goal is to get as many students as possible involved, and this year that includes students from event tech, choir, band, drama, art and creative writing. The creative writing class put together the programs.

“This is our chance to show the community what we do and what our students can do,” said Cate Caffarella, choir teacher and theater director.

She wanted this year’s show to contrast with 2011’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Guys and Dolls” fit that bill.

“We had one of the biggest turnouts ever for auditions,” Caffarella said. “This is an educational opportunity for students and we want to offer that to as many kids as possible. ‘Guys and Dolls’ allows that.”

The play is student run. The only adult on stage is Stuart Welsh, band director, who conducts the pit.

After last year’s budget cuts, Cafferella was nervous for the drama department, but received assurance from Principal Susie Orsborn that the drama department would stay.

“We have great administration support and they understand that what we do is important,” Caffarella said.

This year the leadership class also got involved, sponsoring one show where WAHS students and staff get in for a reduced rate. Whichever class has the most representation will get free ice cream at intermission.

“It’s fun to have them get involved and acknowledge what we do,” Caffarella said.

The Interact Club will sell concessions each night, with proceeds going to local homeless shelters and to help ing students go on foreign exchanges.

Kelli Stahr, office manager at Takena Elementary, is involved in the costume design.

The four main leads are Nathan Detroit played by senior David Allen, Miss Adelaide played by senior Keely Benedict, Sarah Brown played by sophomore Lydia O’Brien and Sky Masterson played by senior Kenney Pearson.

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