William Peace University Presents The Music Man

76 Trombones are marching into Kenan Auditorium and this is something you don’t want to miss.

Under the direction of Bryan Pridgen, William Peace University Theatre presents Meredith Willson’s 1957 Tony award-winning musical The Music Man Nov. 12­-15 in Kennan Auditorium on campus in Downtown Raleigh.

The cast includes Jarrett Bennett ’17 as Harold, Abbe Fralix ’16 as Marian, Bobby Simcox ’17 as Mayor Shinn,  Johnna Chance ’17 as Eulalie Shinn, Melvin Gray ’16 as Marcellus,   Bren Coogan ’19 as Mrs. Paroo,  Kelsey Bledsoe ’17 as Cowell and Patrick Harvey ’18 as The Conductor.  The cast also includes children from the Raleigh community.

“I’m excited that I finally get to perform on the WPU stage, and who better to debut with than this cast of mostly seasoned WPU theatre actors.  Musicals are my favorite type of performances, and I feel really blessed for this opportunity,” said Chance.

The citizens of River City, Iowa are stuck in their ways and proud of it. It’s going to take a smooth-talking con-man, a manufactured problem, and a boys’ band for them to learn how to enjoy, anticipate, and imagine all that life has to offer them. Harold Hill’s entrance into their small town causes a shakeup in the lives of the people of River City, especially the tightly wound town librarian, Marian Paroo. But as Hill tries to keep Marian off-balance, will he be the one who falls hard?

“I hope that in coming to see The Music Man; audiences will come away remembering why musicals exist. This show, even though it’s almost 70 years old, has so much in it that modern audiences can relate to. The idea that if you ‘pile up enough tomorrows, you’ll find you’ve collected nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays’ is still just as profound now as it was in 1957. We do musicals and see musicals because they speak truth in a way that sticks with us and, hopefully, changes us,” said Abbe Fralix ‘16.

Featuring Meredith Wilson’s iconic score, including “Till There Was You,” “Seventy Six Trombones” and “Gary, Indiana,” The Music Man is the pinnacle of the Golden Age American Musical Theatre, yet its message of living today to the fullest still rings true with modern audiences.

Get your tickets for the music man at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/william-peace-theatre-neighborhood-3-requisition-of-doom-tickets-18543176139 and for more information about the WPU Theatre Department visit: www.peace.edu

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