Meredith Wilson’s critically acclaimed The Music Man is playing at Town and Country Players through Aug. 2. Director Nancy Ridgeway is pleased to present this popular family-oriented musical on the T&C stage for the first time.
Conman Harold Hill, played by John Zimmerman, arrives in a small Iowa town with plans to convince the townsfolk to enroll their kids in a marching band. All the locals need to do is pay for the uniforms and instruments — Harold will teach the kids how to play.
But Harold Hill is no musician. He intends to take the money and skip town.
Librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo, played by Mariel Rosati, sees through the scam. But when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian falls in love with Harold.
Harold is also in love. He stays in town and risks being caught just to be with Marian.
John Neuman, chair of T&C’s 2014 Play Selection Committee and rehearsal Stage Manager said, “‘The Music Man is a show I’ve wanted to see T&C do for a long time. It’s all about Main Street America. It’s very reflective of the T&C community. It’s very us.”
This production has a cast of 33 members, many of whom are children and teenagers. Says Ridgeway, “What makes this production so special for T&C is the number of families involved.”
The barbershop quartet is made of four brothers, Kevin, Matthew, Michael, and Christopher Palardy. Mrs. Paroo is played by Kim O’Byrne-Rozman, and her son Pavel Rozman is in the teen ensemble. Maud Dunlop is played by Alyssa Smallwood-Dalsass. Her family — Eleanor, Harrison and Claire — play in the ensemble. Family members Hope, Molly, and Lucy Mcquoid are playing in the ensemble, an Ridgeway’s own daughter, Page, is the choreographer.
See “The Music Man” July 18, 19, 25, 26, Aug. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. Matinee performances are July 19, 20, 26, 27 and Aug. 2 at 3 pm. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.townandcountryplayers.org or call (800) 838-3006.
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