Bethel College Performs Guys & Dolls

Bethel College will perform the musical "Guys and Dolls" March 29-31, 2007, at 7:30 p.m., and March 31, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center Auditorium. The performance on March 30 will be interpreted for the d/Deaf community.

Set in New York City, "Guys and Dolls" tells the story of Nathan Detroit who is looking for a place to run a gambling game, much to the consternation of his longtime fiancée, Adelaide. He bets Sky Masterson that Sky can't get Sarah Brown, of the faltering Save-a-Soul Mission, to fly with him to Havana, but Sky does it. The two fall in love until Sarah discovers that the gamblers used the mission while she and Sky were away. She then refuses to have anything to do with him until he finally wins her over, bringing the show to a happy ending.

Director, Jeremy Littlejohn, is working on his fourth production of "Guys and Dolls." Littlejohn spent the past five years at the Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres as an actor, director and stage manager. Prior to that he spent three years in Portland, Ore., where he and a group of close friends created The American Heritage Theater Project, a not-for-profit theatre company where he fulfilled positions in acting as well as stage managing.  Littlejohn has directed plays such as, "The Glass Menagerie," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Enter Laughing," "Steel Magnolias" and two years of the Round Barn's perennial show, "Plain and Fancy." Recently named artistic director for the Round Barn, Littlejohn will be directing "Nunsense," "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "The Will Rogers Follies" for Amish Acres' 2007 season.

Derrick A. Pennix, music director for the performance, is currently associate professor of music at Bethel College. His teaching responsibilities include: Applied Voice Lessons, Opera Workshop, Vocal Literature and Vocal Diction. He is also the music director at Olivet AME Church of South Bend and he has participated in over 25 opera and musical theater productions and solo recitals.

Assistant Music Director Robert Rhein is a professor of piano who teaches a variety of courses at Bethel. He is also accompanist for Concert Choir and student recitals as well as coaching student vocalists.  

Choreographer Matt Michele is making his début at the collegiate level. He has choreographed several musicals for area high schools; spending the last five years with Penn High School, which included his favorite show, "42nd street." Other honorable mentions to his work are "Oliver," "Hello Dolly," "Little Abner" and "Children of Eden."

For tickets or more information, call the ticket office at 574.257.7633.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,081 includes students from 29 states and Puerto Rico, 21 countries, more than 25 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.

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