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Lucky ladies and gambling guys hit jackpot

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Front right: A beaming Julie Washichek receives standing ovations for her performance as Adelaide. (Christina Stock Photo)

Last weekend was the last performance of Way Way Off-Broadways comedic musical, “Guys and Dolls” at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Performing Art Center. The iconic musical depicts New York City during the roaring ’20s with underground gamblers and flirty burlesque girls.

The chemistry between the characters and perfect timed comical moments brought the audience on their feet giving standing ovations. One of the most outstanding performances were by Julie Washichek as burlesque performer and “forever-fiancee” Adelaide. Cydni Vandiver brought the audience to tears laughing, especially when she — as missionary Sarah Brown — accidentally gets drunk and starts to dance. A surprise for those who have followed Vandiver’s career as comedian came when she started singing. Both, Washichek and Vandiver, showed their talents in the duet, “Marry The Man Today.”

After announcing the upcoming show of Neverland Theatre Company and the Roswell Community Little Theatre, Tony Souza (Sky Masterson) invited interested performers to come to the auditions for “Peter Pan” at ENMU-R PAC on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. For more information, visit waywayoffbroadway.com.