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 Lindsay Schnute, who plays Miss Sarah Brown, an idealistic but sheltered missionary who learns she has an adventurous side and goes through character changes over the course of the show.
Lindsay Schnute, 18, is a senior at Howell High School. The daughter of Steve and Julia Schnute, she has four siblings she describes as “supportive”: Justin and his wife, Erin; Tyler; and Nikki. She’s heavily involved with Howell High’s choral program, singing with Classicality, A Cappella, and Highlander Chorale. She’s also in her second year of Advanced Drama.
In her spare time, she loves to get coffee with her friends and spend time with her family. When the weather is nice, Schnute said she loves to get involved with outdoor activities like camping, biking, and walking through the sand dunes along Lake Michigan. She plans to study music therapy at Western Michigan University in the fall.
How did she get involved with “Guys and Dolls”?
“There are multiple people who really encouraged me to audition” Schnute said. “Mr Closz is an outstanding director and has inspired me to continue to chase music and make it a part of my life. I have done musicals in the past and have never had a bad experience with them. I knew this show would be something special and that I needed to be a part of it.”
“Guys and Dolls” is Schnute’s ninth production overall, and fifth at Howell High School. She recently played Olivia in “Twelfth Night,” directed by Amanda Malo.
Schnute has especially enjoyed the fun everyone has during rehearsals for “Guys and Dolls.”
“Each of our cast members has a unique comedic quality about themselves and there is never a moment that we are not smiling or laughing with each other,” she said. “The cast has a very close relationship, and I love that I feel safe and welcomed in rehearsals. I love working with our director, Joey, and I have learned so much from her.”
Schnute’s two older brothers, Justin and Tyler, are among her biggest inspirations.
“I would have never been so involved with the choir and drama department if it weren’t for them” she said. “I remember when they came to sing at my school when I was in fifth grade. Justin came and sang next to me, and later on, Tyler sang “My Girl” by The Temptations to me in front of my elementary school. I am constantly amazed by their talent and It has truly inspired me to continue to keep music in my life.”
Schnute is looking forward to the “Guys and Dolls” cast party.
“It is an amazing feeling to spend time with the people who have been by your side for months,” she said. “It is a perfect way to celebrate the creation of a show and it’s really a thrilling experience.”
Schnute said the audience can expect to laugh a lot during “Guys and Dolls,” and rightly so: “We have spent a lot of time creating a comedic atmosphere on stage,” she 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.