Behind The Scenes: Connor Carlson Plays Nathan Detroit

 02/19/2016 - 16:26
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Saline junior Connor Carlson stars as Nathan Detroit in the SHS Drama Club production of Guys and Dolls.

The Saline High School Drama Club presents Guys and Dolls Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ellen A. Ewing Performing Arts Center. Show times 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)

Get tickets by clicking here.

Today we profile Connor Carlson.

Parents: Mike and Donna

Grade: 11th

Character: Nathan Detroit
Describe your role: Nathan Detroit is a crap shooter from the 1950's. He has been engaged to Adelaide for 14 years and has not actually married her yet. He loves to gamble and will do anything to get a crap game running in New York. He's goofy, egotistical, and very flashy.

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What's the most challenging part about your character? As Nathan it was never too hard to find his character. I have always preferred playing the goofy roll in any musical, but trying to do  accents is a big challenging factor. Another challenging point about Nathan is definitely getting as exaggerated as he was in the original musical.
I love how fun Nathan is. He is always being true to himself and what he wants, and he's the kind of character I like to play. He is one of the favorite roles I've played in a while.

What scene do you think everyone will be talking about after the show? I think one of the biggest scenes that will be talked about will be either the Hot Box girls or the sewer scene. They are very good dance numbers and a lot of work was put into them.

Why do you think people will like Guys and Dolls? People will like Guys and Dolls for the dance numbers, the little things about the musical to make it truly look great, and definitely all of the actors/actresses that make this show colorful.

Past roles/plays: Last year was one of the biggest shows I was in. I was in Grease as the character Sonny LaTierri, I have played Tom Sawyer in Tom Sawyer, and some other minor roles in earlier plays when I was a kid.

What do I enjoy most about being on stage? I love to get positive reactions from the audience when I perform on stage. I really love just being onstage under the lights because it just gives me that feeling that I'm where I belong.

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