Behind The Scenes: Hallie Fox Talks Guys and Dolls, Her 20th Production

 02/18/2016 - 01:44
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Saline junior Hallie Fox stars as Adelaide 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. 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)

Get tickets by clicking here.

Today we profile Hallie Fox.

Parents: Michael and Rebecca Fox

Grade: 11

Character: Adelaide

Describe your role in the play: Adelaide and her fiancé Nathan are the comedic relief in Guys and Dolls. They've been engaged for fourteen years even though Adelaide dreams of living the married life and starting a family. The only problem is that Nathan has no desire to settle down. Because the lack of marriage causes her so much stress, she develops a cold. Adelaide works at a local night club called The Hot Box as a lead performer and dancer. 

What's the most challenging part about your character? One thing that I really like about Adelaide is that she has a lot of layers; but It's hard to portray the anger and grief over marriage she has while also keeping her the way she was meant to be portrayed- light and funny.

What scene do you think everyone will be talking about after the show? I think the Crapshooters Ballet, Take Back Your Mink, and Havana will all be equally talked about.  They're all large dance numbers showcasing different groups of people with different styles of dancing. From rolling push ups and kicklines to complex lifts from Latin America, these three numbers will have the audience moving in their seats.

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Why do you think people will like Guys and Dolls? I think Guys and Dolls is a very unique musical that is enjoyable for ages. It's a classic, and there is a different air to it than with more recent musicals. Its relatable humor will play well with adults while the music will leave kids singing the songs on the way home. 

Past roles/plays: This production of Guys and Dolls will be my 20th production.

  • Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray
  • Puck in A Midsummer's Night Dream
  • Pepper in Annie
  • Featured singer and dancer in Grease
  • Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes
  • Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors
  • Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Ensemble in Guys and Dolls (my first production I've ever done, oddly enough)

What do I enjoy most about being on stage? The stage lets you become someone else, and it's very freeing. You can dance and sing your heart out without worrying about anyone else's approval because that is what your character would do. Another thing that I love about performing is that it lets you get in touch with your emotions. With every character that I play, I feel like I get to know myself better as I get to know the role.

Tran Longmoore
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