April 19, 2013 • 10:31:04 a.m.

Sun City Theatre Company marks 10 years with ‘Guys & Dolls’

By JAMI KUNZER – jkunzer@shawmedia.com

Cast members from “Guys & Dolls” include (from left) Myron Shellist, Dick Storer and Jim Rice. (Photo provided)


WHEN: April 18-21

WHERE: Drendel Hall at Prairie Lodge of Sun City, 12880 Del Webb Blvd., Huntley

INFO: The Theatre Company of Sun City is celebrating its 10th anniversary with this production. Schedule: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children 12 and younger. Information: 847-515-1583.

Sun City residents first put on a show 10 years ago for both themselves and others.

A crowd came to watch then, and more come to watch now.

“Apparently, they think we are good enough that they keep on coming,” said Myron Shellist, president of the Theatre Company of Sun City in Huntley.

“By the way,” he said, “we are good enough.”

As part of its 10th anniversary season, the Theatre Company will reprise one of its favorites, “Guys & Dolls,” with cast members taking on roles they know well.

The spring production take place April 18-21 at the Prairie Lodge at Drendell Hall in Sun City. 

At least 12 of those involved with “Guys & Dolls” were part of the company’s first production of the musical in 2003. Among those returning are the leads, Sara Tustin as Sarah Brown and Bob Hernandez as Sky Masterson. 

“We decided to do it again, basically because we’ve grown and our audience has grown,” Shellist said. 

With more than 100 members, the theater company typically draws about 1,400 people to its shows. 

And through ticket costs and other fundraising efforts, it has raised about $10,000 in scholarship funding for children who want to go to summer camps for the arts, as well as money for the Grafton Food Pantry, Shellist said. 

The company and the shows it produces are a success simply because, “People love to watch, love to listen and we provide them with entertainment,” he said.

Most of those involved live in Sun City, unless a show calls for a child character. In that case, the grandchildren of Sun City residents are recruited, Shellist said.

As a charter club, anyone who wants to be a part of the company can be a part of it, he said, both on stage and off. 

With its 10th anniversary season, the company will present its traditional two musicals, along with a comedy, “Sex Please We’re Sixty!” 

The company only recently has started adding nonmusicals to its repertoire, Shellist said, and has seen success with them. He joined the group in 2006 playing in “Fiddler on the Roof.” He plays Nicely-Nicely Johnson in this weekend’s “Guys & Dolls.”

“I liked it so much, I just kept on going,” he said.

“I’ll say it this way. It’s a family,” he said. “There are disagreements absolutely. Any family has disagreements. When it all comes down to the end, everybody pulls together, and it works out just fine.”

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