William Jessup does ‘Guys and Dolls’

By: Staff Report
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When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, April 7-9, 21-23

Where: Academic Wherehouse, William Jessup University, 2121 University Avenue, Rocklin

Tickets: $18 general admission, $5 kids at; $20 at the door

William Jessup University’s Creative Arts department will host six weekend performances of “Guys and Dolls” this month in the school’s academic warehouse, starting this weekend and resuming April 21 through 23.

According to a news release from the school, “Guys and Dolls” marks the seventh production from the WJU arts department since its inception in fall 2013.

“Get ready for an irresistible night of theater, featuring many of William Jessup University’s Creative Arts seniors and our class-act designer and production team,” said Jennifer Martin, associate producer and director. “It is William Jessup Theatre’s aim to be the most irresistible experience with live theater from here to San Francisco … and ‘Guys and Dolls’ will be no exception."

Writer Damon Runyon based his musical on two of his own short stories, “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure,” to produce a classic set in mythical New York City. The story is an oddball romantic comedy that takes showgoers from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba to the sewers of New York City until, eventually, everyone ends up where they belong.

Winner of several Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards, “Guys and Dolls” ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950, garnering rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.

William Jessup University welcomes patrons an hour before each show to experience a 1950's New York hideaway, where participants can enjoy food and drinks and experience what it was like to live in the Big Apple in the 1950s.

For more information on William Jessup, visit or call 916-577-2200.