Set in July 1912, a traveling salesman, "Professor" Harold Hill played by Greg Jackson, makes his way into River City, Iowa, bound and determined to con the good folks of Iowa.
Masquerading as a traveling band instructor, Professor Hill plans to swindle the good citizens of River City into giving the finances to create a boys' marching band — to have the community pay for everything from instruments, to uniforms, to music instruction, all the while collecting enough dough to eventually hop the next train out of town leaving them without their money or a band.
However, Hill’s plan and heart hit a snag when he falls for the stubborn yet lovely Marian “the Librarian” Paroo played by Megan Hartley, who he believes is bent on discrediting him and throwing a wrench into his scheme.
The show, which is co-directed by Closed Door Entertainment’s JC Smith and Colonnade theater coordinator Lora Ogden, is the next installment in shows produced by CDE, which thus far has included shows such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “Camelot,” and “Annie.”
“We’re really excited about this production,” Smith said. “The cast and crew are simply fantastic, and they’ve really put an enormous amount of work into the show. They’ve been such a pleasure to work with.
Smith, who also plays the role of “Oliver Hix,” said the cast and crew have pulled out all the stops to kick off the Colonnade’s new theater season in grand fashion.
“This has always been a popular show,” Smith said. “Not only does the show have that great happy ending feel-ing, but it delivers a nice message as well.”
With songs such as “Ya Got Trouble,” “Iowa Stubborn,” and “Lida Rose,” the show is sure to have theater-goers tapping their toes to the upbeat period piece.
The show, which began rehearsals near the first of January, is comprised of 27 actors, as well as an orchestra of 18. “We’re all one big family now,” Smith said.
Performances for “The Music Man,” will take place March 25 and 26 and April 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., along with a special matinee to be held on April 2 at 1 p.m.
All shows with the exception of tonight’s opener, will feature interpretation for the hearing impaired.
Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $11 for groups. Contact the Colonnade Theater box office at 706-935-9000 for more information.