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Vail: ‘Guys and Dolls’ isn’t just a gambling story

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado “-Continuing a 10-year tradition of the performing arts, Vail Christian High School will present “Guys and Dolls” Friday and Saturday at the school’s auditorium.

For a small school, Vail Christian boasts a robust drama program, which achieves very high rates of participation among the student body.

“Out of 103 students attending VCHS, at least 43 are involved in ‘Guys and Dolls,'” said Cathy Dalbow, drama director at the school. “Add to that the contributions of parents, staff, siblings and other members of the community, and we have a real community wide effort.”

Rebecca Rehorst, music director at the school, said students from nearby St. Clare of Assisi and The Vail Academy will add a choral dimension to the program, with an introductory medley of songs from the musical “Little Guys and Little Dolls,” which will get the evening started.

“We really wanted to involve different members of the community in this exciting play,” Rehorst said.

Featured again at this year’s musical production is the Alpine Wind Ensemble, a live pit band comprised of local musicians. Christie Howell, the music teacher at The Vail Academy who founded the ensemble a few years ago, plays clarinet and saxophone, while Dawn Vallejos, St. Clare of Assisi music teacher, performs on flute and piccolo. Gary Thornton, father of VCHS sophomore Kris Thornton, who is playing Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the show, plays trumpet, while Tyler Moline plays tuba. Bernie McManus plays trombone and John McKenna, a student at Vail Mountain School, plays drums.

“We’re thrilled to offer a live pit band ” it really helps make the story come alive,” Rehorst said.

The show features a “Guys” and a “Dolls” cast, meaning the roles are played by different actors on different nights, allowing more students to develop their skills while experiencing the play differently. The show is Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and tickets are available for pre-purchase and at the door.

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