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Bringing Guys And Dolls To La Mesa
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LA MESA -- Saturdays at La Mesa Middle School are once again a busy place as the well-oiled machine that is the Peter Pan Junior Theater is preparing for a spring extravaganza.
Parents and young actors -- there are 90 in this year's cast -- start arriving like clockwork just before 8 a.m. and instantly fall into quiet formation as Dr. Mark Arapostathis and his directorial crew start through the day's routine.
The costumer crew, headed by the ever-more-ambitious Rhonda Archer, is ready with multiple costumes for each of the actors, all period perfect for this year's production of Guys And Dolls, a funny and romantic Runyonesque tale set in the roaring '20s.
Fedoras and bonnets, zoot-suits and hundreds of props that PPJT has managed to procure, create and store in its 8,000-square-foot scene and costume shop are prepared and waiting for the cast which has been practicing the tunes, lines and blocking of this classic show for months now. The operation that PPJT has managed to build may only best bested in San Diego by the professional theaters with multi-million budgets.
A football team is just 11 players moving in unison; this army of 90 does it non-stop for all three acts to the accompaniment of a professional orchestra. Even if you don't know a cast member, these productions are an enjoyable evening.
This year's show begins March 20 and runs through the 23rd with all shows staged at the Kroc Theater on University Avenue. CLICK HERE to buy tickets.