Cole Miller is kind of new at this musical theater thing.
The John Jay High School senior this week plays Sky Masterson — a guy who’ll roll his fellow gamblers, to give himself a shot with a mission doll — in “Guys and Dolls.”
Last year, in his first musical, he played bad guy Chuck Cranston in “Footloose,” which was a perfect fit, he says.
“I’m more of a singer than an actor,” he says.
“Guys and Dolls,” the Frank Loesser musical based on the writings of Damon Runyon, is full of great songs, from “Fugue for Tinhorns” to “Adelaide’s Lament” to Sky’s big number, “Luck Be a Lady.”
There’s a lot more acting this year, Miller says.
“Sky is a high-stakes gambler who, at first, is collected and cool and calculated, everything he says is for a reason. But then he falls head over heels for this Christian girl,” Sarah Brown, of the Save-a-Soul Mission.
Before long, they are off to Havana — back when folks could go to Havana on a whim — and Sky introduces Sarah to a local flavoring called Bacardi, leading to Miller’s favorite scene.
“It turns into a big dance scene and then a fight scene, which are like my two favorite things: a dance scene into a fight scene,” he says with an ever-present laugh. “It’s a lot of fun.”
“Guys & Dolls,” 7 p.m. March 22, 23; 2 and 8 p.m. March 24. $10. jjhs.klschools.org.
Photo by Peter D. Kramer/The Journal News: Cole Miller plays Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls.”