Friday, August 18, 2000

Lebanon players perform 'Guys' on high school stage

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — The activity in Lebanon High School auditorium this weekend definitely won't be academic.

        Scantily clad females will perform suggestive dance routines. Shady characters will be making book (not the kind in the library) and shooting dice.

        Nobody's calling in the vice squad, though, because the action is part of Lebanon Theatre Company's production of Guys and Dolls.

        The classic musical conjures up Broadway in the 1940s, a time when state lotteries were illegal and Atlantic City was a family beach. For a piece of the action, you had to know where to find the city's oldest established floating craps game. You also had to steer clear of the cops and the reform-minded street missionaries.

        Because of staging demands and production costs, the theater company is using the high school rather than the usual venue.

        “Our normal home is the upper floor of the Shoe Factory Antique Mall, which has a capacity of about a hun dred,” said Georgia Dunn, the producer.

        The theater group hopes to draw a larger audience and to spotlight some financial goals as well.

        “We would like to purchase our own lights, which are about $200 apiece, and a lighting board, which can run from $6,000 to $10,000,” she said.

        Curtain time is 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Lebanon High School, Miller Road and Ohio 48. Tickets ($10) are available at the Shoe Factory, 120 E. South St. or at the door. Information: 494-1932.


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