In one life, Chris Lancaster is a straightforward, churchgoing, career-driven young man. In another, Lancaster is a crook, involved in illegal business and unable to get his life in order.
Lancaster, 18, a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, said learning to play an immoral character had its difficulties.
But Lancaster is now ready.
The musical "Guys and Dolls" opens Thursday at the Huntington Beach Union High School District Auditorium.
Lancaster plays Nathan Detroit, a troubled man who runs illegal craps games in New York in the '50s.
"It was difficult, but at the same time, I really like how in the end, there's a good message, because he does give it up, and I like how it promotes marriage and good, traditional American values," Lancaster said.
The musical is Marina's fourth production since teacher and choir director Eric Graham came to the school four years ago.
"We didn't see a reason why we shouldn't have a school-wide activity like a musical once a year," Graham said.