MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Students at both Middle Township High School and Elementary School will present three showings of Meredith Willson's “The Music Man” at the Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Drive.
The musical is about a con man named Harold Hill who poses as a band organizer so he can sell instruments and band uniforms to the residents of small-town River City, Iowa, promising parents that he can form a band and teach their children to play. The truth is that Harold knows nothing about music and is planning to collect his money and skip town before the residents get wise.
He meets Marian, a librarian and piano teacher who sees through his ruse. But when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, she begins to fall for him, and he for her.
The show features musical numbers such as “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Till There was You.”
The Music Man stars Alan Rendzak as “Harold Hill” and Hannah Rose Lafferty Zoltowski as “Marian.” Other principal cast members include Justin Camp, Lena Dougherty, Joshua Hettenbach, Thomas Jefferson, Tyler MacLeod, Daniel Schuster, and Chloe Selover, as well as elementary teacher Jay Wynn. The Music Man also features 16 local elementary students with Carter Wood as “Winthrop,” Addison Shagren as “Amaryllis,” and Alexa Trombetta as “Gracie Shinn.”
The cast of 41 high school and elementary school students began working on the show in early December and has been rehearsing nearly 20 hours a week. The show is produced by Kelley Hogg, directed by Deborah Jenkins with Marni McCann as assistant director, choreographed by Nancy Gibson, and accompanied by a live professional, pit orchestra directed by Scott Breiner.
Showtimes are 7 p.m., Friday, March 2; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, March 3. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $10. Tickets are available at the PAC box office 609-463-1924.