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Posted: Feb 23, 2017


Olivet Nazarene University's production of "Guys and Dolls" features a talented cast, under the direction of Professor AE Sarver.


University President John C. Bowling portrays Arvide Abernathy and sings "More I Cannot Wish You" in Olivet's production of "Guys and Dolls."

When the “Guys and Dolls” cast takes the stage at Olivet Nazarene University, rehearsals will be history. But the audiences will get to experience the camaraderie and fun the actors — including University President John C. Bowling as Arvide Abernathy — share together.

Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect from this talented cast, directed by Professor AE Sarver ’16.

From Abriella Caravette (freshman, multimedia communications major) as Mimi and a Havana waitress: "Everyone in this show has worked so very hard to make it the best it can be, and it is going to be amazing! This is definitely a show that you do not want to miss!"

From Jessa Hendricker (senior, communication major) as Roxie the Hot Box Dancer: "My favorite moment in the show is the song ‘More I Cannot Wish You,’ the song Dr. Bowling's character sings to Sarah. It's a soft and sweet moment that allows the audience to breathe. It essentially is what we all want for those we love, their happiness."

From Shane Trail (sophomore, multimedia communications major) as Lt. Brannigan: "It's a very funny show! Everyone involved has worked very hard to create it. It could quite honestly be the greatest show that will ever be performed in the entire universe. And that's being humble about it.”

From Chase Waterbury (sophomore, multimedia communications major) as Lanni the gambler: "I love the song ‘Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat.’ It's such a fun song to do, and the scene is really funny."

Olivet’s Department of Communication and School of Music present this production of “Guys and Dolls.” All performances are in Kresge Auditorium, Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet’s campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Showtimes are: Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m.; Friday, February 24, 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 25, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior adults (ages 65+). Tickets for all performances are available online at, by calling 815-939-5110 or at the door.

For more information about Olivet’s areas of study in music and communication, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.


Percentage of Olivet freshmen who achieved ACT composite scores of 30 or higher (4% achieve this nationally)