It’s showtime for shoppers

Members of the Sunderland Operatics Society, Gerry Troughton, Brian Jordan and Derek Crooks handing out  flyers in the city centre to promote their forthcoming prodution of Guys and Dolls.
Members of the Sunderland Operatics Society, Gerry Troughton, Brian Jordan and Derek Crooks handing out flyers in the city centre to promote their forthcoming prodution of Guys and Dolls.
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GAMBLING guys and their glamorous dolls made music for city shoppers.

Members of Sunderland Amateur Operatic Society donned brightly-coloured costumes to hand out flyers for their upcoming performance.

This year, the society’s annual show is fun-packed family musical Guys and Dolls.

And with just over a month until the shows starts at Sunderland Empire, the cast wanted to give people a taste of what is to come.

Lead actors Graeme Smith, from Fulwell, and Brian Jordan, from Houghton, play gamblers Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson.

Set in 1950s New York, Guys and Dolls tells the tale of fast-talking Nathan, who bets high-roller Sky that he can make the next “doll” he sees fall in love with him.

The lucky woman is the uptight Sergeant Sarah Brown, of the Save a Soul Mission, so can the unlikely pair ever find happiness?

Art will also imitate life in the production, as former Salvation Army member Louise Wiegand, from Chester-le-Street, plays formidable Mission leader General Cartwright.

Guys and Dolls is at the Empire from Wednesday, June 15, to Saturday, June 18, at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm performance on Saturday.

Director Brian Carter said: “We’ve been rehearsing since January. It’s a real family show.”

The operatic society meets at Deptford and Millfield Community Centre on Fridays at 7.30pm.

New members are always welcome.

@janethejourno