Alamance Children’s Theatre presents ‘The Music Man’

By Cecilia Newsome
Special to the Times-News

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From left to right: Alex Klischer, Sam Crompton and Cayden Matthews rehearse a scene from Alamance Children's Theatre's "The Music Man." [Nick Chester / Times-News correspondent

   Alamance Children’s Theatre will be performing “Meredith Willson’s The Music Man” for the next two weekends at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington.
“The Music Man,” directed by Wayne Leonard with musical direction by Tiffany Spaulding and choreography by Alicia Curtis, is a six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy.
“This profound production is spectacular because of the many passionate people that helped put it together,” said stage manager Rachel Ealy.
The story begins when a smooth-talking con man, Harold Hill (played by Joel Knudson), arrives in the small town of River City, Iowa. His plan is to dupe the town members with his elaborate, self-serving scheme. Regardless of his lack of musical knowledge, he decides to trick the citizens into believing he is a brilliant band leader, then plans to pocket the profits.
   The issue? A few of the citizens don’t seem to buy Harold’s story, especially the town librarian: the stern Marian Paroo (played by Cornelia Barnwell). Struggles begin to unfold as Harold tries everything to keep his scheme afloat. Multiple people from River City begin to have a positive influence on Harold, and to make matters even more complicated, he begins to fall head over heels for the librarian.
“My favorite parts of the show are the big group numbers, because they add a lot of energy to the show,” said quartet member Caleb Rivera.
The huge 55-member cast, ranging in age from 8 to 19, have been working hard to perfect the quirky characters, rousing marches, and sentimental ballads. The actors have been challenged to step out of their comfort zones and learn new skills.
“My favorite part of the show is the friendly backstage atmosphere and the camaraderie that the whole cast shares,” said Abby Chester, who plays a Pick-a-Little-Lady.
Will Harold Hill be able to keep up his plan and foil the citizens of River City? Come find out the next two weekends at the Paramount Theater.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 15, 2019; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 16; 2 p.m. March 17; 7 p.m. March 22; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 23; and 2 p.m. March 24. Tickets are $9.50 for all shows except for the Saturday matinees, which are $8.

Tickets can be purchased at etix.com, www.burlingtonnc.gov/paramount; by calling 800-514-3849 or visiting the box office from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and one hour prior to showtime. For more details, call 336-222-8497.

Cecilia Newsome is a freshman at Bradford Academy.

 

 

 

 

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