Exchange student joins in all-American musical

May 05, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

When the South Carroll High School Stagelighters present Damon Runyon's "Guys and Dolls" tonight, it will be with an international flavor.

The cast includes a foreign exchange student who will graduate with the class of 1994.

This final production of the year will be the last for many seniors who have been involved with the drama club throughout their high school years.

"So it's an international cast," said Jochen vom Brocke, 17, from Cologne, Germany, who is one of two male leads. "I haven't been home in eight months, but I love it here, it's great here."

Jochen -- his tall, slender frame clothed in a three-piece light blue suit -- portrays Sky Masterson in the musical that showcases Broadway street life in the late 1940s.

"Sky is slick -- he's a professional gambler, he makes his living from gambling," said Jochen, hastening to insist the character is nothing like himself. "He's very calculating, he plans everything, he's clever, smart and he can react to get control of a situation."

Jochen may not be clever in the way Sky Masterson is, but during his year at South Carroll, he has been an honor student and involved in many clubs and activities.

For the recent Renaissance Fair, he handmade a chain mail shirt, linking together 10,000 rings.

"He's making this a real study, he's being an all-around student," said Michael Hoover, faculty director.

"He overcame the English to get the part," he added.

"Guys and Dolls" is a happy-go-lucky musical recounting the story of a group of gamblers looking for a big crap game.

Nathan Detroit, played by Jon Sandruck, is a big-time gambler trying to find a place for his game, but he keeps running into obstacles.

Nathan makes a bet with Sky to try to get the money for a place. From the bet comes a love story between Sky and Sister Sarah, who runs the Save A Soul Mission, which is about to fold for lack of money.

Through this, a second love story between Nathan and Adelaide is also unfolding. And of course, there are the stories of the crapshooters.

Darrell Shipley, 18, is one of many seniors playing their last role for the school.

As Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Nathan's sidekick, Darrell says he plays "a nice guy, sensitive and soft and nice to everybody while everybody else is being mean."

But the big question is how does a missionary fall in love with a big-time gambler? Senior Jen Cavey, 18, will act out her final role for the Stagelighters as Sister Sarah.

"I guess he wins her heart," Jen said. "They fall in love during the first song and I think she's moved by the song and he kisses her."

The gambler turns out to be a Bible reader who converts and helps the mission in a "kind of fairy tale ending, but corny," Jen said.

The play will feature lavish costuming and choreography of songs and dances. Kevin King will lead a student orchestra for the musical numbers.

"Mostly, the songs push the story forward and accent the mood," Mr. Hoover said. "They're an integral part of the story."

"Guys and Dolls" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday at the school, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield. Tickets are $4.

Tomorrow and Saturday, the Key Club also will have a spaghetti dinner prior to the show from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the last seating at 6:40 p.m. Dinner tickets are $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and $4.50 for children 6-12.

Information: 795-8500.

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