CCM Mainstage Series continues with Broadway classic 'Guys and Dolls'

Featuring iconic musical numbers like “Luck be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” this lavish production marks the 50th anniversary of CCM Musical Theatre

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Musical Theatre program with a cherished musical comedy from Broadway’s golden age, Guys and Dolls. Named one of Cincinnati CityBeat’s “most eagerly anticipated fall productions” and listed in Cincinnati Magazine’s “10 can’t-miss performances,” Guys and Dolls opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

The musical tells the story of Nathan Detroit, a gambler trying to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while eluding the authorities. Detroit turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, who ends up chasing straight-laced missionary Sister Sarah Brown as a result.

Featuring iconic musical numbers like “Luck Be a Lady,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and more, this Tony Award-winning show takes audiences from the heart of Times Square to the cafés of Havana in a tale of saints and sinners and the lengths they will go for love.

Directed and choreographed by Professor Diane Lala, with musical direction by Professor Roger Grodsky, Guys and Dolls showcases the unbelievable on-stage talent of CCM’s musical theatre majors with live accompaniment by CCM’s world-class student orchestra.

“CCM established the first BFA musical theatre program in the country, and we are rated as one of the top musical theatre programs in the country,” Lala says. “Celebrate our golden anniversary with us as we present this award-winning classic musical.”

Read more about the musical in Cincinnati CityBeat:  

CCM Musical Theatre 50th Anniversary gala: Arts lovers are invited to get “all dolled up” for a special performance of Guys and Dolls followed by the one-night-only Saints and Sinners Bash on Oct. 20, 2018. Read more about this special performance and gala after party in the Cincinnati Business Courier.

A Musical Fable of Broadway
Based on a Story and Characters by Damon Runyon
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

  • Diane Lala, director and choreographer
  • Roger Grodsky, musical director
  • Thomas C. Umfrid, scenic designer
  • Nicholas Smith*, lighting designer
  • Jason Sebastian, sound designer
  • Reba Senske, costume designer
  • Meredith Keister*, wig and make-up designer
  • Caroline Castleman*, production stage manager
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight coordinator
  • D’Arcy Smith and Kate Webster, dialect coaches


* CCM Student

  • Nick Berninger as Nicley-Nicely Johnson
  • Sam Pickart as Benny Southstreet
  • Hank Von Kolnitz as Rusty Charlie
  • Aria Braswell as Sarah Brown
  • Dain Alan Paige (BFA Dramatic Performance, 1993)+ as Arvide Abernathy
  • Michael Canu as Harry the Horse
  • Stone Mountain as Lt. Brannigan
  • Kevin Chlapecka^/Matt Copley* as Nathan Detroit
  • Andrew Alstat as Angie the Ox
  • Kendall McCarthy^/Anya Axel* as Miss Adelaide
  • Frankie Thams as Sky Masterson
  • Eli Mayer as Joey Baltimore
  • Dylan Dougal as Hot Box MC
  • Bryn Purvis as Mimi
  • Elle Zambarano as General Matilda B. Cartwright
  • Elijah King as Big Jule
  • Sofie Flores as Agatha
  • Cole Harksen as Calvin
  • Britta Rae as Martha
  • Hot Box Girls: Bailee Endebrock, Jamie Goodson, Zoe Grolnick, Bryn Purvis
  • Tower Boys: Leo Carmody, Christian Feliciano, Kai Horvit, Christian Kidd, Drew Minard, Eli Owens, Aaron Richert, Sammy Schechter
  • Ensemble: Andrew Alstat, Kurtis Brown, Michael Canu, Dylan DougaL, Sofie Flores, Haley Holcomb, Chip Hawver, Jack Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Eli Mayer, Jordan Miller, Britta Rae, Mikayla Renfrow, Erich W. Schleck, Veronica Stern, Quinn Surdez, Hank Von Kolnitz, Ethan Zeph
  • Dance Captain: Bryn Purvis



  • Nicely-Nicely Johnson – Erich W. Schleck
  • Benny Southstreet – Andrew Alstat
  • Sarah Brown – Mikayla Renfrow
  • Sky Masterson – Ethan Zeph
  • Swings – Anna Chase Lanier, Brandon Schumacker


* Friday, Oct. 19; Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.

^ Saturday, Oct. 20; Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.

+ Denotes CCM alumnus

Performance Times


Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Ticket prices start at $32. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Service charges may apply for online orders.

Single tickets are on sale now! Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through our e-Box Office!

Parking and Directions

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit


Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors: Graeter's Ice Cream


GUYS AND DOLLS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684

Featured image at top: Photo/Mark Lyons

Story by CCM graduate student Jonathan Dellinger

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