Canfield Players Drama Club brings Smalltown, USA, to the stage when it performs "The Music Man," at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, and 16 in the high school auditorium.
An affectionate homage to a bygone era, Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.
This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards.
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Rehearsing for the upcoming musical, “The Music Man,” being performed Nov. 14 to 16 at Canfield High School are, in back, Richie Jenkins, Drew Bennett, and Lindsay Stevens, and in front, Chris Halley, Amy Goddard, Megan Factor, Evan Williams, Rosie Bresson, and Zack Davison.
The cast features students from Canfield High School, Canfield Village Middle School and Hilltop Elementary. Featured in the show as Harold Hill and Marian Paroo are seniors Drew Bennett and Lindsay Stevens. Other leads include Megan Factor as Mrs. Paroo, Richie Jenkins as Marcellus, Zack Davison as Mayor Shinn, Rosie Bresson as Eulalie Shinn, Chris Halley as Tommy, Amy Goddard as Zanetta, Jonathan Palermo as Charlie Cowell, Maddy Angelo as Amaryllis and Evan Williams as Winthrop. Featured in the barbershop quartet will be Hilltop music teacher Tom Scurich, retired science teacher Larry Davis, choreographer Tom Porter and current high school student Landon Herock. The show is directed by Dr. Becky Heikkinen, with musical direction by Kelly Scurich.
"The 80 students in the cast and the adult members of the Drama Booster organization have worked very hard to create a wonderful piece of entertainment, featuring beautiful costumes, impressive sets, and big dance numbers," said Heikkinen. "A special feature for the Friday and Saturday performances will include an appearance by the Canfield High School Symphonic Band."
She noted that the show was chosen to build on the family audiences from last year's "Beauty and the Beast," saying that many children were exposed to live theater for the first time then. She said that audiences will recognize many of the leads from last year's production. Parents and grandparents will certainly be familiar with the production due to the fact that two different movies have been made of the show over the years.
Canfield Drama Boosters will hold a community fundraiser between 6 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Canfield Bob Evans, 4545 Boardman Canfield Road, where 15 percent of the day's sales will be donated to the Canfield Drama program. Patrons must have a Canfield flier, which may be found at Canfield High School or from any drama student.