Music Man

By Anna Marie D'Addarie - April 6, 2006

(From left) Korinne Alkeri, Celia Mercier, and Shivonne Schofield appropriately use music books for props at a "Music Man" rehearsal. Photo by Ralph Stewart

An Iowa town in the early 1900s is the setting for Meredith Wilson's "Music Man," a show that holds an honored place in American musical history. Tomorrow night the Edgartown School will put their spin on the story when they open the show for a two-night run.

The lead character is Professor Harold Hill, a con man of the first order, who plies his trade in River City, Iowa, promising that his boys band will keep the youngsters out of trouble. Everything goes according to plan until the wily professor meets straight-laced Marian "the librarian" Paroo.

Highlights of the show include songs such as "Till There Was You," "You Got Trouble," and the show-stopping "Seventy-Six Trombones."

Elizabeth Bradley, a K-2 music teacher, is directing and the musical director is Beth Carr. Ms. Carr will conduct the full pit orchestra. Nancy Nash, Edgartown School home economics teacher, has been working hard on costuming the actors. Ms. Bradley has enlisted the aid of Edgartown School alums who are now at the high school to help with the show. The older students are acting as mentors to the younger students and also helping with many jobs backstage.

When the curtain goes up on Friday night, the Edgartown School auditorium will become small-town Iowa, where a pool hall means sin and two very opposite characters fall in love in spite of themselves.

"Music Man," at Edgartown School, Robinson Road, Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8 at 7 pm. Ticket prices TBA.