Adelaide (played by Jenna Quinn) gives Nathan Detroit (played by Jason Howard) an earful about their 14-year engagement in a scene during a rehearsal for HF-L’s production of Guys and Dolls. Photo by Donna MacKenzie

Honeoye Falls-Lima’s spring musical that will be performed on March 23-25 is an old classic as the students will perform Guys and Dolls at the HF-L District Auditorium, 619 Quaker Meeting House Road.

The show features Frank Loesser’s songs such as Luck Be A Lady, I’ll Know, I’ve Never Been in Love Before and Bushel and a Peck.

“We try to alternate between a new show and an older show,” artistic director John Hennessey said. “I think it is important for the kids to know the classics. Last year we did Les Miserables, so it was time to do a classic. Les Miserables is a heavier show and It’s A Wonderful Life, which we did as a drama last fall is life-affirming but also a bit heavy. We wanted to do something light and fun and Guys and Dolls is a comedy and is a classic.”

Guys and Dolls will be the first high school show done in the District Auditorium since it had work done on it during the capital project. It has new carpet in the orchestra area and throughout the auditorium, new seats, new lighting system, new sound system, a paint job and a new main stage curtain.

Unlike Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls has plenty of dancing.

“I think the kids have enjoyed the dancing,” Hennessey said. “Choreographer Marcella Mueller has worked hard with the kids for this show.”

Although the theatre program graduated a number of strong performers in the Class of 2022, there are some experienced members, particularly among the boys in the show. This year, the two female leads are held by sophomores.

“I think they might have been a bit timid at first, but both have stepped up,” Hennessey said. “We also have two student directors who are new this year. The crew has been great and what costume designer Lisa Fisher and the students who have helped her create the costumes, have done is incredible. Most of the costumes have been made by the crew, not borrowed from other theatre groups.”

The show will be performed on March 23 at 7:30 p.m., March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and March 25 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at or will be available at the door.

More on the musical will be in an article in the March 23 edition as we talk with the four leads from the show.

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