Meet the cast of “Guys and Dolls”: Elissa Mockbil looking forward to acting/singing career

Elissa Mockbil plays Miss Adelaide in the Howell High School production of "Guys and Dolls."

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The Howell High School Arts Department is presenting “Guys and Dolls” April 12-14. From now until opening night, we will be introducing to members of the production. Today, we meet Elissa Mockbil, who plays Miss Adelaide, a club singer and Nathan Detroit’s long- suffering fiancée who longs for quiet family life away from New York.

This is the 14th production for the 17-year-old Elissa Mockbil, who started doing shows with the Community Theatre of Howell when she was 7. Most recently, she was in the Howell High School’s spring musical of “The Addams Family” as Wednesday Addams.

“I am sad that this will be my last opportunity to perform in a musical at the High School,” Mockbil said, “but beyond excited to further in my acting/ singing career after graduating.”

Mockbil, who works at Dairy Queen, is also a member of Advanced Drama, ITS, Classicality, Highlander Chorale, and A Cappella choir at Howell High School.

She enjoys doing what she loves, especially with people she loves.

“That’s why I look forward to gong to rehearsal every day,” Mockbil said.

Idina Menzel has always been Mockbil’s musical theatre inspiration.

“She has such a powerful voice and strong stage presence” Mockbil said.

Though she said she’s not the best dancer in the world, Mockbil loves learning the dances.

“When I’m doing it with my friends, we get silly and it’s a lot of fun,” she said.

What should the audience expect from this production of “Guys and Dolls”?

“Get ready for a trip back in time to the gambling days! You’ll experience life in the shoes of a sneaky gambler, a lovesick fiancé, and a missionary who is head over heels for yet another sneaky gambler.”

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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