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.