Guys and Dolls

With the rocketing success of last year’s production of Hairspray, meeting the expectations surrounding the next BDA musical was always going to be a tall order, but for our dedicated performing arts department, tall orders are a welcome challenge.

Guys and Dolls was an absolute triumph. Last week's performances comprised a perfect blend of glamour, gusto, humour and song, with larger than life characters singing and dancing their way through a catalogue of classic numbers.

Miss Yates, who directed the show, commented: “I have been so impressed by the dedication, hard work and talent demonstrated by the cast. It has been a pleasure to work with them on this production.”

Even more impressive was the production’s loyalty to the Broadway version. It is no easy task to perform an abridged interpretation, but to take on a show as the professionals do and execute it with such precision and personality really is quite an achievement.

Guys and Dolls takes audiences back to 1940s America, where a soulful love story emerges amidst a sordid world of gambling and vice.

Chante Faucher delivered a sensational performance as the heavenly Salvation Army worker, Sarah Brown, alongside Charles Sutton’s cool take on the smooth and elusive gambler, Sky Masterson. Their pitch-perfect and hearty renditions of I’ll Know and I’ve Never Been in Love Before were met with emphatic applause from the packed audience in the Dennis Potter theatre.

It is sad to note that this was Chante’s last performance in a BDA musical as she is now in Year 13 and hoping to head off to study performing arts at drama school next year. Chante has been a pivotal part of the accomplishments of drama at Burlington Danes in recent years, appearing in every musical production since we became an academy. She will be sorely missed.

Chanel Vital and Ezra Gill also delivered excellent turns as the long suffering Miss Adelaide and her crap-shooting lover, Nathan Detroit.

Following Wednesday night’s finale, school governor Ken Broomfield took to twitter to comment: “The BDA Guys and Dolls made it a great evening for this academy governor. What talent! Thank you so much!”

A great testament to the hard work and dedication of all involved.