In the mood for a romantic comedy? You’re in luck! The Music Man, a six-time Tony Award-winning musical, plays this weekend at the MHS theater. Director Holly Hilbrands says, “Everyone has worked so hard the past few weeks and the audience will not be disappointed.”
The family- friendly story centers on Harold, the fast talking traveling salesman who convinces the folks in a small town in Iowa to purchase musical instruments for a band he agrees to start. Harold’s real plan is take the money and skedaddle. What Harold doesn’t plan is to meet Marian the librarian and fall madly in love. You can probably guess the ending, but that doesn’t take the fun out of this Broadway classic. The familiar tunes of Ya Got Trouble and 76 Trombones will keep you humming for days.
Shawn Stemsrud stars as Harold and Hope Osborne shines as Marian. Other cast members include: Tanner Kettwig, Kassidy Wellnitz, Amberly Warren, Ben Harstad, Christian Peery, Peyten Wiese, Jordan Riley, Tommy Djilas, Amy Nelson, Nathan Loutsch, Keaton Hagen, Adam Thomas, Landon Brown, Logan Meyer, Aiden Boerger, Chase Pinkert, Kellie Christians, Becca Loehrer, Hailey Underwood, Devon Balling, and Alaina Rausch.
Members of the ensemble are: Andrew Falk, Rhianna Folk, Lars Andersen, Joe Harstad, Elsie Rogers, Jason Elmore, Jr., Bailey Frerichs, Aiden Boerger, Rhianna Welberg, Jake Sandvig, Eric Van Sambeek, Lily Trapp, Elijah Fraasch, Emma DeBoer, Logan Meyer, and Caitlin Kroemer.
Holly Hilbrands is the director. Deb Rausch is the musical is director. Alex Popowski is an assistant to the director and sound manager. Other assistant directors are Yami Arano and Taylor Bray. Stage manager is Nolan Hanson. The assistant choreographer is Caitlin Kroemer. Jodi DeVaal is in charge of lights. Gracie Korstjens is also a member of the crew. Pit orchestra musicians are: Carol Ydstie, Sophia Seffrood, Alaina Rausch, Christina Lusk, Kimberly Aburto, Kimberly VanSambeek, and Stewart Loehrer.
The Music Man curtain times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door.
In case of inclement weather, the Saturday performance will be rescheduled for Tuesday, April 17. Check The Valley Express for your theater updates.