La Crosse, WI, 08/16/2017 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, August 21, 2017 for The Music Man. Performances begin September 8, 2017, and continue through Sunday, September 24, 2017. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Lyche Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize. There’s just one problem–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, the librarian. Will she be able to change his tune by curtain’s fall?
“As in society today, nothing is ever exactly what you think it to be. The Music Man is just that. Do you rally behind Harold or hope that he gets his in the end? This musical is filled with the give and take of society. We can all relate to having to make choices that may affect our lives in the future. Enjoy the fun and music as if you too were in 1912,” said LCT Interim Executive Director, Tom Desjarlais.
The Music Man is co-directed and choreographed by Matthew Scott Campbell and Stephanie Harter. This production also features musical direction by Karl Greenfield, conducting by Kristin Freedlund, set design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by Theresa Smerud, lighting design by Dillon McArdle, prop design by Sara L. Adams, sound design by Douglas P. Wilken, accompaniment by Vicki Riness, stage management by Dawn Havican, and assistant stage management by Alex Yeiter.
The performers are Robert J. Jones as Harold Hill, Karla Hughes as Marian Paroo, Eric Sorenson as Mayor Shinn, Carol Sweeney-Marnach as Eulalie Shinn, Brittany Schilla as Alma Hix, Hope Kirwan as Ethel Toffelmier, Katie Fries as Maud Dunlop, Nancy Misch as Mrs. Squires, Christopher Dresen as Jacey Squires, Jason Bernhagen as Ewart Dunlop, Rick King Quale as Charlie Cowell, Joe Hammes as Oliver Hix, Hunter Evenson as Marcellus Washburn, Van Zimmerman as Conductor/Constable, Donna “Schoen” Ruud as Mrs. Paroo, John Williamson as Olin Britt, Sam White as Winthrop Paroo, Qitarra Olson as Gracie Shinn, Elliott de Boer as Tommy Djilas, Olivia Belland as Zaneeta Shinn, Rubie Stetzer as Amaryllis. Adult ensemble members are Katie Reischl and Angi Tamke. Salesmen are James Gilbertson, Dakota Viken, and Skylar Viken. Teen ensemble members are Marty Backstrand, Brandon Haring, Alyssa Kelsey, Matthew Lind, Hannah Reischl, Greta Speckeen, and Gloria Tofstad.
“We feel in mounting The Music Man here in La Crosse, we are bringing it home, in a way, since we too are a “River City.” Meredith Wilson himself called the show a Valentine, and we wholeheartedly agree. We are very excited about this talented cast, tuneful score, and timeless show,” said Co-Directors Matthew Scott Campbell and Stephanie Harter.
Tickets are $30/$26 for adults, $18 for students/youth, and may be purchased over the phone or at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org. For questions or tickets, please call the box office at 608-784-9292 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.