Dozens of students, staff and volunteers have been working hard to bring you an entertaining performance of Guys and Dolls when we return from fall break. Arsenal Technical High School’s family-friendly fall musical takes place next weekend, and you’re invited!


More than 30 students are involved in the production, which takes place October 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium. The cast and crew have been preparing since early September, and they’re thrilled for our community to see the product of their countless hours of work.


“It’s been great working with this cast,” said Director Cynthia Hartshorn. “We have a lot of new kids who haven’t been on the Tech stage before, and our veteran actors are fantastic in the lead roles. We’re looking forward to an excellent show!”


As the show’s two leading men prepare for their final fall musical with Tech, they’re both planning for careers in the performing arts. Senior Christian P., who is playing the lead role of gambler Sky Masterson, plans to attend Ball State University next year to pursue a Musical Theatre degree.


“I didn’t think Broadway was a career option for a student like me,” said Christian P., “but the music program at Tech opened the doors to this possibility.”


This is Christian’s fifth show at Tech; he says it’s inspiring to meet young people who take music and theatre as seriously as he does. Steven Taylor, a former student of Hartshorn’s, is currently on Broadway in The Lion King. Christian says he’s enjoyed the opportunity to speak with Taylor about his career path and the options available to him as an aspiring artist.


The show’s other leading man is Nathan Detroit, played by Tech senior Jake M.; Jake is also planning to attend Ball State, but for a different aspect of the music program – Music Education.


“I’ve always wanted to do something with music,” said Jake. “Being involved in our musicals and show choir has really helped me choose what I want to do. I love music and I love teaching!”


We’re looking forward to a fantastic musical year at Tech! You can catch Christian and Jake in the first stage performance of their senior year next Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, at 7 p.m.; tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door, and $3 for students of all ages.