‘Music Man’ a memorable show

By Sydney Fischer
Special to the Times-News

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Joel Knudson (Harold Hill) and Cornelia Barnwell (Marion Paroo) star in Alamance Children's Theatre's production of "The Music Man." [Nick Chester / Times-News correspondent

Editor’s note: Incorrect ticket prices were listed in the print edition on Thursday, March 14. The correct information can be found below.

Alamance Children’s Theatre’s “Music Man” is a show filled with great lessons along with fun songs and dance numbers.
Meredith Willson’s story follows a traveling con man named Harold Hill, played by Joel Knudson. The male lead arrives in River City with the intention of starting a band for young boys and leaving town as soon as he receives the money the locals are tricked into giving him.
Harold Hill soon runs into complications when he develops feelings for Marian Paroo (played by Cornelia Barnwell). Marian Paroo is the local librarian and music teacher who suspects that Harold is, in fact, a shady character.
Cornelia Barnwell could not be more perfect for the role of Marian Paroo. She is able to display the contradicting thoughts and feelings of her complex character in such a perfect way. She does a wonderful job of showing off the stern, hard-to-get, and cold sides of Marian while also displaying the vulnerable, emotional and loyal sides.
Joel Knudson’s high-energy dance numbers and incredible vocal stylings combined for an engaging and entertaining performance.
Cornelia Barnwell’s angelic voice and dance talents are also showcased in several of the show’s songs.
The talent in this show is definitely undeniable.
Olivia Knighten and Timothy Duggins play the daughter of River City’s Mayor, and her unapproved love interest, respectively. Their incredible dancing is featured in many of the show’s larger numbers, and their acting talents are also given a chance to shine due to the subplot centered around their forbidden and humorous love.
The town mayor and his wife, played by Ryan Mertz and Hallie Nguyen, respectively, are also sources of laughter; both characters are extremely eccentric and therefore hilarious. Marian’s mother and brother, played by Morgan Smith and Ben Vincent, are also noteworthy characters who help push the story along in various ways.
In one scene, Harold Hill said, “you pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you’ve collected a lot of empty yesterdays.”
So remember this when considering to come see this show. Don’t put it off, you won’t regret seeing this fabulous production.

Alamance Children’s Theatre presents Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 7 p.m. March 22-23 and 2 p.m. March 23-24 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. Tickets are $9.50 for all shows except for the Saturday matinees, which are $8, and can be purchased at etix.com; www.burlingtonnc.gov/paramount; by calling 800-514-3849 or by visiting the box office from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or one hour prior to showtime.

Sydney Fischer is a sophomore at Eastern Alamance High School.

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