Playing around at costume fitting session are members of “The Music Man,” Elizabeth Barrett as Marian Paroo, David Van Slyke, Julia Manning, Tartiana Suddreth, Alex Diehl as the kids in the band, and Mike Andrews as Harold Hill.
MOUNT VERNON — One of the most beloved musicals of all time, “The Music Man,” will march into Mount Vernon with six performances at the Knox County Memorial Theater July 6 through 14.
“The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill (Mike Andrews) as he cons the people of River City, Iowa., into buying instruments and uniforms for a kids’ 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 (Elizabeth Barrett) the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.
With story, music and lyrics created by Meredith Willson, this classic musical features a score filled with memorable tunes like “Till There Was You,” “Gary Indiana,” “Ya Got Trouble” and, of course, “76 Trombones.”
This wholesome, fun-filled show will appeal to everyone in the family and is in fact very much a family affair. Paul Mayville, the assistant manager at the Bellville office of First-Knox National Bank and his entire family are involved with the show. The Barone family has two family members in the pit, one on the stage crew and one on stage.
In addition, the cast of 62 people ranging in age from 6 1/2 to 74, features 18 families working together on the musical (husbands and wives, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons and siblings). There will be many new faces but community favorites will also be returning including Ian Fraser Ernsberger (Marcellus) and Mary Dye (Eulalie Shinn). A complete list of cast and crew can be seen at www.mtvarts.com.
The production team boasts the return of many MTVarts loyal volunteers. The show will be directed by Leah Andrews, with Diane Dingler as music director and Dane Heuchemer as conductor. Katie Delozier is the choreographer, and Mary Ann Calhoun has taken on the task of costuming. Producers are Scott Swingle and Janis Stone.
This will be MTVarts’ seventh musical production following the successful presentation of this past summer’s “Grease” as well as its highly applauded predecessors “Cinderella” (2011), “Annie” (2010), “The Wizard of Oz” (2009), “Peter Pan” (2008) and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (2007). The musical will be produced by MTVarts, and once again sponsored by First-Knox National Bank.
The ever popular children’s parade will take place one-half hour prior to each performance with a theme of red, white and blue.
For complete details and ticket information visit www.mtvarts.com, call 740-399-5116, or stop in the First-Knox National Bank’s Main Office, Coshocton Avenue Office or Bellville Office.