Meet the cast of “Guys and Dolls”: Abigail Baker manages the musical magic

Abigail Baker

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The Howell High School Arts Department is presenting “Guys and Dolls” April 12-14. We have introduced you to members of the production. Today, we meet Abigail Baker, the production’s stage manager.

Abigail Baker is a already a veteran of working behind the scenes for theatrical productions.

“I became first involved in theater at the Community Theatre of Howell,” she said.

Since then, she’s worked as part of the backstage crew for “Shrek,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Honk! Jr.” She was the assistant stage manager for Community Theatre of Howell’s productions of “Mary Poppins,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.”

She stage managed some black boxes at Howell High School, as well as for “Can Can,” “Almost Maine,” “The Other Room,” and “Twelfth Night,” and for the CTH production of “Proof.”

While this Howell High School production of “Guys and Dolls” is the 18-year-old’s 13th, it is her first musical.

“I became involved when the choir teacher at the high school, Brendan Close, asked me to be the state manager,” Baker said. “I was so excited because I had never stage managed a musical.”

Baker, who is heavily involved in the Howell High School drama department and is a member of Advanced Drama, will begin studying stage management at Wright State University in Ohio in the fall.

Her parents are Sherry and Michael Baker, and she has an older brother, Zach.

Baker loves the process of putting together a production, including the planning before the auditions, the rehearsals, the teach, and, finally, when the show opens.

“It is al so exciting,” she said. “I love being able to see how the show comes together, and how everyone works off of each other and pushes one another to be a better cast member.”

Baker’s biggest inspiration is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“She’s someone who has always strived to do her best and she is such a hard worker,” Baker said. “I really look up to her because no matter how many people told her she couldn’t do something, she always overcame.”

The favorite part of the “Guys and Dolls” production for Baker is “definitely the community we have created.”

“I feel like everyone works so well together, and has created such an open, loving and caring environment,” she said. “I always look forward to the opening night of a production: it’s very exciting to who everyone what we have been working one for a couple of months.”

And everyone can expect to “laugh and be entertained with great acting, dancing and music,” Baker said.

Howell High School’s Performing Arts Department is presenting “Guys and Dolls” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14.. Tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $12 for adults and can be purchased in the Howell High School main office and online at http://howellperformingarts.ludus.com. All performances will be held in the Howell High School Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center.

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