May Day musical


May Day musical at Bluffton University

Bluffton University will present “Guys and Dolls,” for the May Day musical from May 3-4. 

“Guys and Dolls” depicts gambler Nathan Detroit, who is seeking cash to set up the biggest craps game in town, but both the authorities and his fiancé of 14 years are breathing down his neck. When Detroit makes a bet with a fellow gambler’s love life, this oddball romantic comedy takes us from Times Square to Cuba to the sewers of New York City.

Tickets are on sale for the musical with lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Dr. Melissa Friesen, a professor and chair of communication and theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show, to be staged at 7:30 p.m. each evening in Founders Hall. Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, an associate professor of music and chair of music, is musical director. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats, $5 for bleacher seating and free for Bluffton students. They are available online at; for assistance with tickets, call the box office at 419-358-3239.

The roles and participating students are as follows:

Nathan Detroit

Seth Regula ’19 of Jackson Center, Ohio

Miss Adelaide

Hannah Brown ’20 of Findlay, Ohio

Sarah Brown

Kasandera Knief ’19 of Lewistown, Ohio

Sky Masterson

Alex Rose ’22 of Anna, Ohio

Benny Southstreet

Adam Shanaman ’22 of Bellevue, Ohio        

Nicely Nicely Johnson

Evan Burden ’22 of Sidney, Ohio

Harry the Horse

Adam Byram ’22 of Fort Recovery, Ohio

Angie the Ox

Joshua McCauley ’21 of Columbus Grove, Ohio

Big Jule

Benjamin Black ’19 of Deshler, Ohio

Liver Lips Louie/Waiter

Trent Mast ’21 of Southington, Ohio

Rusty Charlie

Tig Intagliata, campus pastor

Society Max

Justin Neufeld Weaver ’17

Lieutenant Brannigan

Darryl Nester, professor of mathematics

General Cartwright

Meghan Gibson ’19 of Goshen, Ind.


Jeff Boehr ’78


Tovah Wilson, graduate assistant


Shari Ayers, director of center for career and vocation


Anneliese Horner ’22 of Applecreek, Ohio


Josie Boehm ’21 of Forest, Ohio


Brista Drake ’19 of Richwood, Ohio

Makenzie Speakman ’20, Carroll, Ohio, is the stage manager and Robert McMullen-Ruppert ’20, Montpelier, Ohio, is the assistant stage manager. Mervin Schrock and Joan Bauer, both from Findlay, are technical director and costume designer, respectively. Daeun Choi is the rehearsal pianist.


-Aubrey Bartel, Public relations student assistant