FORMER Bruntcliffe students Richard Billings and Joe Mellor are starring in a production of Guys and Dolls at the West Yorkshire Playhouse this week.
Joe is playing Sky Masterton, a role made famous by Marlon Brando in the 1955 film, while Richard is playing his friend Nathan Detroit, the role taken by Frank Sinatra.
While Joe’s school roles included Danny Zuko in Grease, Fagin in Oliver! and Ariel in Return to the Forbidden Planet, Richard, who played a ‘Broadway bum’ in Guys and Dolls when he was in year seven, said he was pleased to be going up in the world.
Richard, 27, said they did not know each other well at school but both owe their love of acting to the former head of drama, Trevor Perry, and were proud and delighted he would be going to see them at a professional theatre.
Both joined Leeds Amateur Operatic Society several years ago but this is the first time they have appeared on stage together.
Richard, who is head of drama at Darton College in Barnsley, said of the show, which runs until Saturday night: “It is going really well. We had the opening night on Saturday and have had some really good reviews.
“Everyone should come and see it. LAOS has a bit of a reputation for putting on a good show and this is certainly one of them.
“It’s really colourful, the cast is brilliant, it’s all singing, all dancing and is one to watch.”
The show runs until September 29 and tickets costing from £18 to £27 are available from the box office on 0113 2137700 or by visiting www.wyp.org.uk