West Guy, Doll Lead DHT Play
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Pearl City resident Lydia Pusateri and Ewa Beach resident Mick Gallagher star as the lead roles of Sarah Brown and Sky Masterson in the musical Guys and Dolls, running May 14 through 30 at Diamond Head Theatre.
Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, the musical follows the stories and romances of Brown, the upright but uptight “doll;” Masterson, the slick high-rolling gambler; Miss Adelaide (Aubrey Lee Glover), the nightclub performer; and Nathan Detroit (Larry Bialock), Adelaide’s fiance of 14 years who is always looking for a place to hold his floating craps games.
In an attempt to win money and make good on a bet, Detroit wagers Masterson he can’t take Brown, a Salvation Army evangelist, on a date to Havana, Cuba. (She won’t go because she’s “a Christian and doesn’t believe it’s proper.”)
“Sarah is very uptight and to the letter,” said Pusateri about her character. “By the end, she still has her convictions but she’s more accepting of people. I feel she is able to love people more for who they are and still reach out to them.”
Added Gallagher of stepping into Masterson’s shoes: “Playing him makes me feel like a card shark. I’m one of those old-school Las Vegas guys who knows everyone in the casino, and they know not to mess with me. I go from being independent and put together to falling in love and realizing that something is missing.When I find it, it ends up being a slap in the face.”
Pusateri, a trained opera singer, attended Hawaii Baptist Academy and Holy Family Catholic Academy from fifth to eighth grade when her family was stationed at Pearl Harbor.
She went on to attend Juilliard School of Music and graduated in December from Indiana University Jacob School of Music with a degree in voice.
Since her family got stationed in Hawaii again, Pusateri says she’s thrilled to be back at Diamond Head Theatre, where she had her start at the DHT Shooting Stars program.
Gallagher, who played a pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean III in 2007, fell in love with Hawaii as a production crew member of the Bethany Hamilton movie, Soul Surfer.
Now a resident of Ewa Beach, Gallagher says he vowed to be an actor to his mother at age 5, and his background includes plays and video production.
Guys and Dolls is directed by Rob Duval with musical direction by Emmett Yoshioka and choreography by Christine Yasunaga.
Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, and 3 p.m. May 22 and 29. Tickets cost $12-$42.
For more information, call 733-0274 or log on to www.diamondheadtheatre.com.
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