HYT alum directs season-opening 'Guys and Dolls'
Heights Youth Theatre’s (HYT) production of "Guys and Dolls" opens Oct. 19 at Heights Middle School in University Heights, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 28.
The production features 65 actors in grades 1–12, from Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Shaker Heights, and surrounding communities.
Melissa Bertolone, an HYT alum, is the show’s choreographer, and Kelly Monaghan, another HYT alum, directs the production.
“I am so thrilled to be back directing one of the best classic musical theater shows in my all-time favorite theater,” said Monaghan. “The talents of the kids in the cast are truly unparalleled! It is so wonderful to have so many new faces from other communities join our HYT family. 'Guys and Dolls' has a great score and amazing dancing. It is bright, energetic and really quite funny. It is certainly a must-see!”
Music director Stacy Bolton, sharing Monaghan’s enthusiasm, stated, “'Guys and Dolls' is a classic of classics and I am very excited to be music director for this production. We have a talented cast of elementary through high school-aged students and an expert production team to make this a fun and fabulous season opener for HYT!”
Performances will be presented in the Heights Middle School auditorium, at 2181 Miramar Blvd., on Fridays, Oct. 19 and 26, at 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 20 and 27, at 2 p.m.; and Sundays, Oct. 21 and 28, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10, general admission, and $9 for seniors and children under 6. The box office opens 45 minutes prior to each show. For more information, visit www.heightsyouththeatre.org, or call 216-410-7500.
Founded in 1954, HYT offers kids year-round opportunities to enhance their theatrical skills in a nurturing environment that encourages social and emotional growth. Its goal is to make theater affordable and accessible to people of all incomes and backgrounds.
Pamela Fine is executive director of Heights Youth Theatre.