‘Guys and Dolls’ and other events in time for Mother’s Day weekend

By Ben Hopper

Ben Hopper

What do you get when you put a human resources coordinator, a local businessman, a graduate student in sociology and a high school social studies teacher together? You get the four main performers of the Columbian Theatre presentation of “Guys & Dolls,” which opens Friday.

Christie Horton, Jeff Zerr, Krysten Day and Troy Hemphill reunite for the first time together since “Grease” in fall of 2009. The cast, with almost 20 more area thespians, is directed by Columbian staple Drew Horton, who also performs in the show. The five actors have been in more than 70 Columbian Theatre productions.

For the show, the Wamego Community Band will add the orchestration to the musical. The 10-piece ensemble has been working just as hard as the cast for the past six weeks.

Putting on a show like this is really a community effort. More than 50 volunteers have helped with preparing for the show, director Horton said.

“This community is invested in their theatre,” he said.

The cast is ready for opening night.

“It’s got great music,” Zerr said. “It’s a great family show.”

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with another 7:30 performance on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. It will also run May 18-19.

“Guys & Dolls,” with hits like “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat” and “Luck be a Lady Tonight,” is a romantic comedy that received eight Tony Awards and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award when it first appeared on Broadway. Since then it has continued to receive critical acclaim, including a recent Broadway revival that won a Tony for best revival and a Grammy for the cast album.

Table-style seating will be available for the last three rows and consists of a round table that seats two. A cash bar will be available an hour before the performance and through intermission. Tickets are $15 or table seating for $20. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office, by phone at (800) 899-1893, or anytime at

Here’s a look at other area events:


Manhattan Arts Center presents “Funny Girl,” 2 p.m. Sunday. Also 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 adults and $10 military and students. Tickets can be purchased at the Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz Ave, by phone at (785) 537-4420 or online at

Fake Natives, 8 p.m. Donations will go to support the literacy organization First Book. Manhattan Arts Center.

Jason Boland with the Stragglers with The Damn Quails, 10 p.m. Cost: $15. Longhorns.

Thursday Starts the Weekend, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Bowling and billiards specials. K-State Student Union Recreation.



K-State Graduate School and Veterinary Medicine Commencement.

Spanish Storytime, 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Saturday Stories on the Lawn, 11 a.m. Saturday. Manhattan Public Library.

K-State Baseball vs. Kansas, 6:30 p.m. Also 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tointon Family Stadium.

Rock’It Bowl, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Bowling and billiards specials. K-State Student Union Recreation.



KSU Commencement.

Flint Hills Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Staples/Hobby Lobby parking lot.

United Way of Riley County and K-State Student United Way’s Give It Up For Good Sale, 9 a.m.- noon. Pay $5 to shop early from 7:30-9 a.m. Donate unwanted furniture, appliances, lamps, clothing, shoes, nonperishable food items, toys and school supplies between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 9-11 at the National Guard Armory, 721 Levee Drive or schedule a free pick-up. Donated items also will benefit community organizations like the Flint Hills Breadbasket and the Manhattan Emergency Shelter. National Guard Armory, 721 Levee Drive.

Yard Art Classics Car Club 22nd annual Car Show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tuttle Creek State Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

All About Kindes! An E-Reader Workshop, 10 a.m. A second workshop, iPads, Nooks, and Mobiles Oh My! An E-Reader Workshop, at 2 p.m. Saturday. Public Library.

Teen After Hours, 5:30 p.m. Public Library.



Mother’s Day at the Zoo, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mothers visit for free with a paid child’s admission. Sunset Zoo.

Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon. Bluestem Bistro.

Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.

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