MOUNT VERNON — The MTVarts summer musical cast list is always long and always filled with amazing talents — actors, dancers, vocalists and musicians. This summer’s production of “The Music Man” is no exception.
Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of watching a dress rehearsal and experiencing not only the show, but the “behind the scenes” activities necessary to make sure everyone knows their marks, that the orchestra knows its cues and that everything else falls in line. These often kept secrets of how it all comes together is a testament to the hard work and dedication necessary to make the magic happen.
Lea Andrews, director, is captivating in her own right as I watched her direct small details to the grand finale with ease — regardless of the age or experience of the actor.
“The Music Man” is the story of a fast-talking salesman who falls in love with the town librarian while in the act of swindling the good folks of River City, Iowa. Professor Harold Hill (Mike Andrews) uses his song and dance act about how a boy’s band will save the town from the ill repute the new pool table at the billiard hall is bound to attract.
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