Shows

Urbandale Community Theatre produces one show every summer for the Des Moines area community. See below for information on our upcoming production.

Coming Summer 2017: Guys and Dolls

Urbandale Community Theatre is bringing the classic Broadway musical Guys and Dolls to the stage in summer 2017 for the organization’s 21st season. Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers.

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

Frank Loesser’s brassy, immortal score makes Guys and Dolls a crowd pleaser. The large cast features both a variety of ensemble and star roles. With a great collection of production resources from MTI, this highly producible show is a treat for audiences and performers of any age.

Visit Music Theatre International for further information about Guys and Dolls.

Cast Inforamtion

Nathan Detroit: Adam Beilgard

Sky Masterson: Michael Boal

Adelaide: Allyson Martens

Sarah Brown: Dani Boal

 

 

Benny Southstreet: Brett Spahr

Nicely-Nicely Johnson: Greg Millar

Rusty Charlie: Don Rothweiler

 

 

Lt. Brannigan: TBD

Big Jule: Jim Leeper

Angie the Ox: Jason Crowley

Harry the Horse/Gangster Ensemble: Nick Flynn

Society Max/Gangster Ensemble: Chandler Nye

Liver-Lips Louie/Gangster Ensemble: Parker Schwartz

Joey Biltmore/Gangster Ensemble: Zeke Ledbetter

Scranton Slim/Gangster Ensemble: Ross Rumelhart

Phil the Greek/Gangster Ensemble: Paul Honold

 

 

Arvide Abernathy: Dan Chase

General Cartwright: Kelsey Moran

Agatha: Andrea Markowski

Martha: Judy Blessington

Mission Band Ensemble

Steven Koele

Bryant Thompson

 

 

Mimi/Womens Ensemble: Olivia Kennedy

Women’s Ensemble

Chelsea Thomson

Stacie Bendixen

 

 

Hot Box Dancers/Ensemble

Madeline Palmer-Chase

Elizabeth Fagerland

Zoe Murphy

Ann Kramer

Makenna Gregurak

Holly Ellis

Alexis Riesberg

Sophie Young

Hannah Miedema

Production Staff

Micheal Davenport – Director

Returning to Urbandale Community Theater after directing last year’s successful staging of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Michael has since directed two musicals at Southeast Polk Junior and Senior High, in addition to serving on the directing team of “The Great Gatsby” at the Des Moines Playhouse. Micheal also helped found “Open Door Rep,” Des Moines’ first Pop-Up Theater.

Renée J. Davenport – Music Director 

Returning to Urbandale Community Theatre as Music Director for the 2017 production of Guys & Dolls, having previously worked as Music Director on the 2016 UCT production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Mrs. Davenport has been a prize winner at many regional competitions and has performed with Cedar Rapids Opera, StageWest and the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Additionally, Renée is an Assistant Show Choir Director at Southeast Polk High School and maintains a private voice studio, where she works with students from throughout Central Iowa.

Lorainna Nedved – Choreographer

Returning for her second season with UCT after having worked as Choreographer in last summer’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  Lorainna attended Iowa State University where she studied Theatre with an emphasis in Acting & Directing and also Dance. She also performed in a number of shows with the Ames Community Theatre ACTORS. She currently is the Director of Competitive Dance for the Grimes Superstars Dance and Tumbling Studio and this past June earned two National Tap Championships. She is a certified LTD cheerleading judge and does choreography for local high schools throughout Iowa including the 3 time 3A Champions Dallas Center Grimes.

Carl Johnson – Conductor

Carl is back for his 18th show with UCT! Carl received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and his California teaching credential from the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught high school instrumental music (and some vocal and English) in California for 19 years before moving to Urbandale.

He was awarded his Master of Music degree in conducting from Drake University, where he studied with Robert Meunier as a graduate assistant. He continues his teaching career through affiliations with Mercy College, Heartland AEA 11, the Urbandale Community School District, and the Johnston Community School District. Mr. Johnson is currently a member of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, and the Iowa Music Educators Association/Music Educators National Conference. Carl has served as the conductor for summer performances of musicals presented by the Urbandale Community Theatre since its inception.

Rick Manion – Technical Director

Rick is a familiar face both in the local theater community and in Urbandale since this is Rick’s 3rd year working on Urbandale Community Theater’s summer production.  Rick most recently worked as Sound Designer on the Des Moines Playhouse’s production of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

Nicholas Amundson – Set Designer

You may have seen Nicholas’s recent designs in Stage West’s production of “Marjorie Prime,” or The Des Moines Playhouse’s production of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” and “Young Frankenstein.”  He is also the driving force behind Kata Klysmic Productions. We’re excited to see what fresh design ideas Nick has for using our huge stage!

Carter Smith – Master Carpenter/Crew Chief

Carter will be joining shortly after his graduation from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Theater Production and Design. Carter has worked on many shows at UNI while working on his degree, but you may have seen his work locally on The Addams Family, Spamalot, Into the Woods, You Can’t Take it with You, or Rock of Ages at the Des Moines Playhouse.

We’re still searching for a Costume Designer, Properties Master/Mistress and Sound Designer and we will need plenty of help getting everything done. If you are interested in volunteering, email us at info@urbandaletheatre.com or contact us.