'The Music Man' is coming to AACC's Pascal Center

November 13, 1997|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Moonlight Troupers of Anne Arundel Community College will present eight performances of "The Music Man" at Pascal Center for the Performing Arts on the Arnold campus this weekend and next.

Meredith Willson wrote the book, music and lyrics for "The Music Man." With its debut in December 1957, Willson joined the first rank of Broadway composers. The show, eight years in the making, is his valentine to small-town America.

Professor Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa, in 1912, to sell marching band equipment he does not intend to deliver. But his plan to skip town is altered by his attraction to strait-laced town librarian Marian Paroo. He reforms his con man ways, and Paroo becomes less stuffy. Children learn to play their instruments well enough to satisfy their parents and provide a happy ending.

A classical musician, Willson produced a charming score that has aged well, with several tunes achieving classic status: "Seventy-six Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," "Till There Was You" and "Gary, Indiana." The songs have an authentic American quality, with a deceptive simplicity that can prove vocally challenging.

In the Moonlighters' production, John Montgomery of Chester plays Professor Hill. He has appeared in leading roles with Chesapeake Community College and Church Hill Players, and was lead vocalist with the Army's show band.

Sheri Kay Kuznicki of Annapolis plays Marian Paroo. She has appeared with Colonial Players and was seen recently in Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre's "Anything Goes." Kuznicki also sings with the USO's In The Mood.

Betty Lasner of Severn, who is a regular player at Chesapeake Music Hall and Pasadena Theatre Company, plays Marian's mother. Marian's brother, Winthrop, is played by Brandon Hardesty of Annapolis, who has acted at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, Chesapeake Music Hall and in Talent Machine productions.

Other cast members include Gary Seddon of Deale as Mayor Shinn; LaDon Hart Hall of Linthicum as Eulalie; Anna Roberts of St. Margaret's as Zaneeta; and Rachel Gowell of Arnold as Gracie Shinn.

Shane Logue of White Plains plays Tommy; Brock Ballard of Crofton is Marcellus Washburn; Colleen Wilburt of Glen Burnie plays Ethel Toffelmier; Jim Keller of Pasadena is Charlie Cowell. Annie Posten of Arnold is Amaryllis; Joan Ashwell of Pasadena plays Alma; Diane Schwartz of Severna Park plays Maud; and Agnes Deyhle of St. Margaret's is Mrs. Squires.

Bob Metzler of Severna Park, Bob Glen and Ed Sutton of Glen Burnie, and Ed Wintermute of Arnold appear as members of the River City school board, and Todd Withey of Annapolis is the constable.

Barbara Marder, associate professor of speech and theater arts, is the director, and Robert Kauffman serves as technical director and set designer.

Performances are at 7: 30 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $9 general admission; $8 for senior citizens and groups; $7 for AACC students and staff; $6 for children ages 3 to 12.

Information or reservations: 410-541-2457.

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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