'Guys and Dolls' a good bet Musical: The Moonlight Troupers will present the Frank Loesser classic the next two weekends. DTC

November 12, 1998|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Pat Roberts and her daughter Anna will be featured this weekend in the Moonlight Troupers' production of "Guys and Dolls."

Anna Roberts, a senior at Broadneck High School, is playing a leading role as Sarah Brown, the head of the Save-a-Soul Mission. Pat Roberts plays her daughter's boss, Gen. Matilda Cartwright, who leads the network of Save-a-Soul missions.

The mother of three, Pat Roberts wanted to perform on stage with her youngest child before Anna goes to college. To make it happen, she took an acting class at Anne Arundel Community College to add to a resume that includes vocal training and backstage theater experience with Children's Theatre of Annapolis and Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. A choir member at St. Andrew's by the Bay Roman Catholic Church, she is a frequent soloist at weddings.

Anna Roberts' show business credits include playing Zaneeta in the 1997 Moonlight Troupers production of "The Music Man" and Wendy in their 1996 production of "Peter Pan." She also has had roles with Children's Theatre of Annapolis, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre and in shows at Broadneck High School.

"Guys and Dolls," a 1950 musical based on a Damon Runyon story, is filled with gamblers such as Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit, show "dolls" from the Hot Box Club, including Miss Adelaide, who has been engaged to Nathan for 14 years, and the mission workers at Times Square who are trying to save the gamblers' souls.

The classic score, including "A Bushel and a Peck," "Adelaide's Lament," "If I Were a Bell," "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" and the title tune, is by Frank Loesser. The show enjoyed a long run on Broadway and in 1955 became a movie starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine, the original Adelaide on Broadway.

In addition to Pat and Anna Roberts, the 28-member Moonlight Troupers cast features Jason Vellon as Nathan Detroit, Robert Reichert as Sky Masterson and Lauran Taylor as Miss Adelaide. Todd Harland-White is Arvide Abernathy, and Michael Nichols is Lieutenant Brannigan. Playing gamblers are Don Becker, Tim Finnelle, Joe Folger, David Howard, Barry Bowdoin, Russell Peake, Bart Raeke, David Itzel, Kevin Knapp and Bob Metzler. The Hot Box girls are Haley Clark, Danielle DiCarlo, Jessica Thornhill, Colleen Darcy, Shannon Mosca and Shelly Konski. Mission members are Agnes Deyhle, Nancy Long, Jamie Hanna, Sherry Fields and Rebecca Mickaelis.

Robert Kauffman, performing-arts department head at AACC, directs the show, with Ray Ascione, AACC jazz ensemble director, as musical director.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, tomorrow through Nov. 22 in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $9 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens and groups, and $7 for AACC students and employees.

Information: 410-541-2457.

Pub Date: 11/12/98

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