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Making The Music Man: Thomson High production of musical set for next week

Theater students will give the audience a peek into small town life in the American heartland with their rendition of The Music Man.

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The Thomson High School production is scheduled for Jan. 20, 21, and 22 at 7 p.m. at the school.

The musical, written by Meredith Wilson and set in Iowa in 1912, will feature a romantic, lively story line and a range of songs.

"There will be something for everyone. Whatever you like it will be there," said Choral Director Janet Bailey.

The play is a collaboration between the musical theater class, the Bulldog Players, and drama and choral classes.

The production will also feature students from local elementary schools who have parts as townschildren.

"It's a community thing," Ms. Bailey said.

Zach Ansley will play the part of Harold Hill, a con-man who enters town to scam money from locals, promising to teach their children music if they put down earnest money on band instruments and uniforms.

Zach is enjoying the high energy role where "I am always on my feet doing something."

"It's fun, and it's a classic role. Everyone knows who the Music Man is," he said.

His love interest is the town's skeptical librarian Marian Paroo, the only one to see through the ruse. Rachel Creel said she finds the role exciting and especially likes the music. "'Goodnight My Someone' is my favorite," she said.

Eric Colrud, who is cast as Mayor Shinn, has come out this year from behind the scenes and is having fun with his part.

"I enjoy the fact that he is a goofy character," he said.

Crystal Knight plays the part of the mayor's wife, "who is so loud and obnoxious," she said.

Heather Miller plays the librarian's younger brother, Winthrop.

"He is shy and doesn't talk much. It's a character totally opposite from the way I am," Heather said.

Sonya Freeman-Moss and Courtney Hampton play nosey townswomen, roles they said are interesting.

"I enjoy being a gossip. It's out of character for me. I like the silly songs, too," said Sonya.

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Courtney, who has the challenge of a solo, said "This is a fun experience, and a big change."

Kimberly Adkins, as Ethel, is enjoying her first part in a musical.

"I get to work with a lot of people in the play that I've seen in other productions. It's a great experience."

Erika Hink is cast as the librarian's mother, Mrs. Paroo, and the play also features a male quartet -- Torrey Boyd, Stan Kitchens, Jacob Powers and James Allen -- which portrays the small town's board of education.

"There are some really excellent quartet pieces," Ms. Bailey noted.

Some musical features include the popular "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Wells Fargo Wagon," "Gary, Indiana," and "The Sadder but Wiser Girl."

The play "The Music Man" was chosen partly for its toe tapping music and partly for its broad appeal to all ages.

"It's one of those I've always loved. I've been to New York City to Broadway to see it a couple of times," Ms. Bailey said.

Not only is the music lively, but the play has special significance for her.

"I played the part of Marian when I was in high school," she said.

Other teachers on the THS staff have either performed or been associated with the popular musical, she added.

Tickets are $8 for reserved seating and $5 for general admission. Call 595-9393 for reservations.



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