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“The Music Man” marches onto Olivet’s stage

Posted: Feb 07, 2014


Olivet presents “The Music Man” — the award-winning and well-loved musical — February 27 to March 1. Ben Geeding (senior, music ministry major, Manteno, Ill.) brings to life the shyster-turned-honest-man Harold Hill. Christine Caven (senior, music ministry major, Boise, Idaho) plays lovely librarian Marian Paroo.

Show times are Thursday, February 27, at 7 p.m.; Friday, February 28, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 1, at 2 and 7 p.m. All shows are on stage in Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet’s campus. Jerry Cohagan, theatre professor, directs with Dr. Neal Woodruff, music professor, as music director; Kay Welch, music professor, as vocal director; and Hannah Jacobson as choreographer.

“The Music Man” is the first musical written and composed by Meredith Willson. The story was written by him with Franklin Lacey. Book, music and lyrics are by Willson. The original Broadway production opened in 1957 with revivals in 1980 and 2000. The film adaptation debuted in 1962, and a made-for-television adaptation first aired in 2003. Well-known songs from the production include: “Good Night My Someone,” “76 Trombones,” “Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Gary, Indiana,” and “Till There Was You.”

The cast also includes:

Brady Bettis (freshman, English education major, Bolingbrook, Ill.) as Tommy Djilas
Joe Brunker (junior, communication studies major, Plainfield, Ill.) as Oliver Hix
Matthew Jones (senior, religious studies major, Eureka, Ill.) as Mayor Shinn
Seth Lowery (senior, music performance major, Kankakee) as Marcellus
Miles Kolby Meador (junior, multimedia studies major, Oreana, Ill.) as Charlie Cowell
Andrew Moore (senior, music education major, Hastings, Mich.) as Olin Britt
Cassandra Petrie (junior, vocal performance and music education majors, Albion, Ind.) as Mrs. Paroo
Reilly Roberts (freshman, vocal performance major, Dixon, Ill.) as Maud Dunlop
Leah Roth (sophomore, biology major, Morton, Ill.) as Zaneeta Shinn
Ashley Sarver (junior, journalism major, Springfield, Ohio) as Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn
McKenzie Smith (sophomore, corporate communications major, Columbia City, Ind.) as Alma Hicks
Michael-Andrew Spalding (sophomore, graphic design major, Cincinnati, Ohio) as Ewart Dunlop
Wesley Taylor (senior, marketing major, Joliet, Ill.) as Jacey Squires
Grace Tervin (freshman, nursing major, Mokena, Ill.) as Mrs. Squires
Marissa Vander Ploeg (freshman, communications major, Manteno, Ill.) as Gracie Shinn
Sarah Zylstra (sophomore, Munster, Ind.) as Ethel Toffelmier

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students and senior adults over age 65. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 815-939-5110.



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