FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Loyola University Chicago Department of Theatre Presents Guys and Dolls
CHICAGO, April 14, 2008 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) presents its final main-stage production of the season, Guys and Dolls. This musical fable of Broadway is now open in the Kathleen Mullady Theatre, located in Centennial Forum Student Union (1125 West Loyola Avenue) on the University’s Lake Shore Campus.
The popular musical favorite written by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling, and Abe Burrows has enjoyed many revivals and has kept audiences entertained for over half a century. This DFPA production featuring a live on-stage band, trained dancers, and talented actors, represents a true collaboration between the areas of music, dance, and theatre. Director Jonathan Wilson, professor in the DFPA, is thrilled to bring this cast of over 40 Loyola students together in one great production.
“The rehearsals have been long and arduous. But every night they were full of laughter, good spirit, and the actors applauding each other for work well done. Loesser’s Guys and Dolls is a musical that generates this kind of spirit,” says Wilson.
The artistic staff for this production includes musical director, Mark Elliot, who teaches musical theatre performance at The Theatre School, DePaul University, and serves as composer-in-residence and resident music director. Guys and Dolls also marks the second main-stage production for choreographer Sandra Kauffman, director of dance at Loyola.
Guys and Dolls opened on April 11, 2008, and runs through April 20, 2008, with Thursday through Saturday performances taking place at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $6-$15, with discounts for Loyola students, faculty, and staff. Loyola’s Kathleen Mullady Theatre is located just a crosswalk away from the Loyola “L” stop on the CTA’s Red Line.
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s newly formed Department of Fine and Performing Arts combines the disciplines of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts and provides quality education to students studying any of the arts. This new alignment of creative energies, which helps foster interdisciplinary collaboration, combined with the renovation of two buildings on the Lake Shore Campus, have inspired a renaissance of the arts at Loyola.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu.