Behind The Scenes: Caitlin Sundquist Talks About Guys & Dolls

 02/16/2016 - 01:59
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Saline High School junior Caitlin Sundquist stars as Sarah Brown in the SHS Drama Club production of Guys & Dolls.

The Saline High School Drama Club presents Guys and Dolls Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ellen A. Ewing Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Saturday's show features the option of dinner and theater. The culinary arts students will serve New York City street food (little Italy sausage and pepper sandwiches, Coney Island corndogs, Manhattan Mac & Cheese, etc)

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Today we profile Caitlin Sundquist.

Caitlin Sundquist

Parents: Mike & Laura Sundquist

Grade: 11th

Character: Sarah Brown

Describe your character's role in the play: I play an idealistic young missionary named Sergeant Sarah Brown who runs the "Save a Soul Mission" in NYC during the 1940's. Essentially, her job is to recruit people to come to her mission so she can help them change their sinful ways. Against her better judgment, she ends up falling in love with someone who is quite the opposite of herself which leads to all kinds of interesting moral dilemmas.

What's the most challenging part about your character?  This is my first lead role so at first I found it challenging to memorize all my lines, blocking and songs. I have to hit some pretty high notes too, so I'm just hoping I don't get sick with a sore throat this week! 

What do you like most about your character? I like how strong of a woman she is, and that she always strives to be at her best. At the same time, I like that she eventually learns how to loosen up a little and be less cautious about opportunities that may come along in life.

What scene do you think everyone will be talking about after the show? Probably either the Havana scene or the two Hot Box scenes because both are fabulous dancing numbers.

Why do you think people will like Guys and Dolls? Truthfully, this show has it all—a mix of romance and comedy combined with wonderful songs and dances. Plus, I think audiences will enjoy being swept back in time and get a flavor of what like was like in the 1940’s.

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Past roles/plays: Last year, I was in the cast of Grease at SHS, and I have appeared in several Young People's Theater (YPT) productions including Shrek the Musical (Mama Bear), Mary Poppins (Katie Nanna), The Wizard of Oz (Ozian and a Poppy) and Fame Jr. (Dancer). I am also currently a member of Chamber Choir, Ten Tones, and Drama Club at SHS.

What do you enjoy most about being on stage? I love everything about the process of putting on a big production like this, and I just feel really fortunate to have the opportunity to do what I love among people who have become like family to me. It’s truly amazing to see all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making a show like this, and it is really exciting to be part of the magic from start to finish.

Tran Longmoore
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