When Brad Naccarato took over as director of the Maize Recreation Department, he didn't want it to be all about sports. He wanted Maize to have an appreciation for the arts, as well. That's when Maize Rec began putting on a musical every summer. It's had its own productions of Annie, Oklahoma!, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof and The Wizard of Oz.
"The shows have been really good," Naccarato said. "We just have a lot of talent here- not only vocally, but for people building the sets and everything that goes on behind the scenes."
About 100 people will be involved behind Maize Rec's 13th summer production, "Guys and Dolls," which will be performed the last weekend of June at the Maize High School Auditorium. Guys and Dolls is one of the most famous musicals in history, featuring songs like "Luck Be a Lady," "A Bushel and a Peck" and "There's a Whole Lot of Loving."
Performances will be held 7 p.m. Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29. A 2 p.m. show will be held Sunday, June 30. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for students. Child 5 and younger are admitted free; senior citizens may attend the Sunday show for $7.
"I really don't know how many other rec centers are doing things like this," Naccarato said. "But it's always been important to us. We just try to put on a nice family show for people to watch and enjoy. They can have a nice evening and support the Maize Rec Center at the same time."
For more information about Maize Rec and their upcoming programs, visit http://maizerec.com/.