May brings Guys and Dolls to OCP

Published 11:21 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader

Prepare to laugh as Orange Community Players (OCP) presents the 1950 Broadway musical, Guys and Dolls directed by Thomas May with Assistant Director Tomi Sue Emswiler. The 1950 Broadway musical, written by Frank Loesser, is a comedic musical.

In Guys and Dolls, New York’s most infamous crap game organizer, Nathan Detroit, hoping for a big pay day, challenges notorious gambler Sky Masterson to a bet he’s sure he’ll win: take mission girl Sarah Brown to dinner in Havana, Cuba. Sky accepts and pursues the known prude, seemingly hopelessly, while Nathan deals with his own situation – his 14-year fiancée, Adelaide, who’s tired of waiting for a wedding. When bets and love seem at odds, the characters are called to question their priorities to make things right, according to Broadway Musical official website.

Guys and Dolls is not May’s first time to step into the role as director. He also directed Bye Bye Birdie last season.

“I have been a part of theater since I was 15,” May said. “This is my third show with OCP.”

May has served on the board of Port Arthur Little Theater and now on his fifth year on OCP board.

“I have always loved Guys and Dolls,” May said when asked why he selected this play to direct. “It has a memorable score and so many sayings which we still use today such as my time of day or a bushel and a peck.”

It was after directing Bye Bye Birdie May became inspired to suggest Guys and Dolls for this season.

“Community theater needs more men,” May said. “I was blessed with this show and an extremely talented funny cast.”

May said the show also opens the opportunity, as a director, to be more ‘cartoony and silly’.

“This show is full on comedic,” May said. “It is over the top and different from Bye Bye Birdie.”

Volunteering with local theater, according to May, allows a person top see a story with new eyes.

“It’s a collaboration of the community,” May said. “It entertains and enlightens the audience while the cast is placing themselves out there for the judgment of others. As the cast works together, they see the best of others.”