Fort Findlay Playhouse ends its season by presenting the classic musical “The Music Man.” The show written by Meredith Willson has many songs everyone will remember, like “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Shipoopi,” “Pick a Little, Talk a Little,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon” and many other tunes that will have you walking out of the theater humming.It tells the story of Harold Hill, played by Tim Mattis, and Marian Paroo, played by Aeryn Williams, and all the people living the small-town life in River City, Iowa.
Conman Harold Hill comes to River City to find his old friend Marcellus Washburn, played by Patrick Davis, has “gone legit” and is living there. He meets Marian and her little brother Winthrop, played by Jeremy Gobrogge, and attempts to win her over while conning the townspeople out of money by promising to start a band for the boys in town to save them from the dangers of playing pool.
Traveling salesman Charlie Cowell, played by John Garner, tries to reach Mayor Shinn, played by Jim Toth, with evidence that Harold is a conman trying to take the parents’ money, but Marian manages to delay him. Charlie gets to the town ice cream social to denounce Harold as a fraud and what happens then? Well, it is an old-fashioned musical so chances are good there is a happy ending.
The show has a large cast of supporting players, including Bonnie Froelich, Casey Rebal, David Marquart, Dennis Clark, JR Smith, Kennedy Garmong, Laura Butler, Lily Rutledge, Madeline Krinebrink, Maggie Hardesty, Matt Croy, Megan Falter, Samantha Henry, Talyn Foust and Will Quanrud.
The adult Chorus members are Andrew Varney, Andy Rutledge, Carly Powell, Deanna Laney, George Rustemeyer, Hans Hansen, James Foust, Jerry Mathern, Pete Reynolds, Rachel Reynolds, Richele Reynolds and Tammy Stevenson.
The Children’s Chorus includes Dylan Gobrogge, Jenna Gobrogge, Grace Hansen, Josh Trimble, Nick Trimble, Kayla Bates, Maya Trautman, Oliver Bundy, Paul Hansen, Shea McMaster, Sonoma Enyon and Sydney Enyon.
Marty Williams is directing the technical crew and Sandra Agans Krueger is music director. Cathy Williams is the costumer, and Julie Lane is the choreographer, assisted by Vicki Garner.
The show will run May 1-4, 8-11 and 15-18, with performance at 8 p.m., and Sunday shows at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved at the Arts Partnership box office at 419-422-4624. Unreserved seats will be available at the door a half hour before curtain time. The show is presented in cooperation with Music Theatre International.