|Volume XXVIII Issue 9||October 31, 2002|
‘The Music Man’ opens this weekend
Kaitlyn North - Reporter
Elon’s latest musical, "The Music Man," is a light-hearted production that strikes the right chord.
The musical takes place in River City, Iowa, in 1912. The stubborn townspeople fall under the spell of a clever traveling salesman who convinces them to spend their money on creating a marching band. Little do they know that the shifty Harold Hill does not know "one note from another."
The local music teacher discovers his plan, but is distracted by the salesman’s charm.
Michael Daly as Harold Hill and Lauren Northen as Marion Paroo are a dynamic couple onstage as they lead the cast and audience through this playful dance of a musical.
Stand-out performances are delivered by Buddy Hammonds (Tommy), Colleen Cherry (Zaneeta) and Andrew Frace (Marcellus).
Adam Cooley, Rob Mamel, Tallen Olsen and David Booher make up an enchanting barbershop quartet that eases the audience through the scenes with their harmony. Other delightful stars include the children who are scene-stealers as Winthrop and Amaryllis.
Memorable moments include the fun-filled numbers "Trouble" and "Shpoopie," in which the cast and the score compliment each other’s energy.
In addition to the talented acting, the choreography combines elements of ballet, Irish folk-dancing and gymnastics that keep the audience members tapping their toes. The pit orchestra provides an energetic execution of the lively score.
The delicately constructed set, interesting use of projectors and screens, as well as the freeze scenes, give the stage the appearance of a life-sized figurine.
"The Music Man" is a piece of classic American theater that Elon students will appreciate for its glorification of the Golden Shovel and reluctant love story. The audience will be singing along to its "Music" long after the performance.
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