Guys and Dolls
Performed at The Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall, actors and theatre-goers alike experienced the thrill of being in Houston’s Theater District as they embarked on the high-energy journey from New York City to Havana, Cuba and back again in the upper school musical Guys and Dolls.
With toe-tapping songs and memorable characters, Guys and Dolls did not disappoint! Both seniors and underclassmen acted with talent beyond their years, and vocalists hit high notes that earned zealous applause. The show was full of punchy lines, upbeat ensemble dances and a spirit of camaraderie. Realistic sets and costumes added additional flair and professionalism to the audience experience that had the crowd cheering with standing ovations at every show.
Behind the scenes, a biblical worldview backed the experience of each theatre student. “Our hope and prayer as directors is always for our students to share their God-given talents with the audiences who attend the shows, becoming lights to a dark world,” shared Director Cindy Blades. “They shone like stars in every show they performed. Not only was this group of students talented, but they prioritized Bible study every day.”
Senior leadership abounded with 21 seniors on cast, 7 senior crew members and 8 Lifers altogether. Many of these students began acting in middle school or younger, the SBS theatre program investing in them over the years. Reading senior bios in the musical program, student after student thanked their directors Cindy Blades and Claire Westmoreland for their impact and investment.
Elaine Adams ‘23 said, “Being able to interact with all grade levels and learn from Mrs. Blades and Mrs. Westmoreland were my favorite parts of the musical. It’s a great environment to grow as a participant and as a person.”
Assistant Stage Manager Will Adcox ‘23 said he would like to thank the directors for “providing a welcoming and endearing environment to all that ensured that everyone, no matter one’s experience, created cherished memories together and inevitably felt part of a loving family.”
Emily Bolling ‘23 thanked the directors for giving her “wisdom, grace, encouragement and correction” throughout her time in theatre. “They taught me how to speak publicly, be presentable, take corrective criticism, fail and grow, respect authority and put my God-given talents to use for His mission.”
Alek Moya ‘23 said, “I would like to thank Mrs. Blades and Mrs. Westmoreland for always being there for me and for having a major impact on my Christian faith and walk.”
Theatre students truly live biblically and lead courageously through the upper school musical experience, from first rehearsal to final performance. Mrs. Blades concluded, “We are proud and thankful for the students’ growth as leaders and as a cast and crew. They developed into a strong ensemble creating characterizations on every role level.”
Bravo, Second Theatre Company!