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Cocoa Village Playhouse would love you to satisfy Harold Hill. He is only a bang-beat, bell-ringing, big-haul, great-go, neck-or-nothin’, rip-roarin’, every-time-a-bull’s-eye salesman. He is additionally the charming spellbinder on the middle of “The Music Man.”

The Playhouse presents the traditional American musical with all of the feel-good trappings of nostalgia, romance and toe-tapping music. “The Music Man” opens Jan. 27 for a run that extends via Feb. 12.

Within the present, charismatic con man Harold Hill makes his dwelling as a fast-talking touring salesman who dupes townsfolk into shopping for devices for an imaginary band for his or her youngsters. You see, “Professor” Hill does not know something about music, in order quickly because the devices arrive and the cash is in his pocket, he all the time skips city.

He has his work lower out for him when he lands in small city River Metropolis, Iowa, the place the turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century townspeople proudly embrace their reserved “chip-on-a-shoulder perspective.”

Candy voiced and sensible librarian Marian Paroo instantly sees via Hill, however even she will get drawn into his spell when she sees the excited transformation of the city. That is when issues get attention-grabbing, as a result of Hill quickly finds himself enchanted by Marian and the great folks of River Metropolis.

The e book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson options acquainted classics like “Goodnight, My Somebody,” “Until There Was You” and naturally, “76 Trombones.”

“Who does not love a parade or a marching band?” stated Cocoa Village Playhouse’s CEO and creative director, Dr. Anastacia Hawkins-Smith. “From barbershop quartets to lush strings, endearing love songs, and naturally large, brazen, brass – the music permeates from the stage and stays with an viewers lengthy after they depart.”

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Within the mid-Nineteen Fifties, Willson wrote a be aware to future administrators saying ”The Music Man” was supposed to be a valentine to the true small-town Iowans of 1912. The trick of subsequent productions has been to maintain the characters from turning into caricatures.

“It’s a portraiture of Americana that presents small-town life with nuance, in addition to no small quantity of humor alongside the best way,” stated Hawkins-Smith.

One of many challenges of manufacturing an enormous musical in right now’s post-COVID world has been to insulate the manufacturing from sickness. To that finish, Hawkins-Smith determined to double solid the present, splitting the roles between two stellar casts.

On Friday nights and Saturday matinees, Joseph Kienstra performs Harold Hill and Emily Cabana performs Marian Paroo. On Saturday nights and Sunday matinees, Ben Cox and Cathy Moubray tackle the main roles.

“Every solid member brings one thing to the manufacturing that makes them pricey to my coronary heart,” stated Hawkins-Smith.

“These main males are spellbinding,” she stated. “You actually imagine they’re ‘Professor’ Harold Hill.”

The manufacturing additionally stars Tom Miller and Doug Grandey as Mayor Shinn; Sally Kalarovich and Amy Grandey as Eulalie Shinn; Sam Dribble and Henry Barone as Winthrop; Logan Hancock and Anderson Regulation as Marcellus Washburn; Paula Dribble and Christine Germain as Mrs. Paroo; Daniel Ciuro and David Trujillo as Charlie Cowell; Shane Withrow and Connor Deroche as Tommy Djilas and Ella Ciuro and Bria Cottrell as Zaneeta Shinn.

Regardless of the challenges of rehearsing two separate casts, Hawkins-Smith appreciates their dedication. “From the smallest youngster to probably the most seasoned performer, I’m not solely grateful for his or her time and skills, however heartfully imagine that they’re meant to be part of this manufacturing at the moment.”

Hawkins-Smith believes “The Music Man” is an enthralling treatment for right now’s fast-paced world.

“In a time the place it appears we’re all the time spinning round doing 100 various things,” she stated, “typically it takes one thing as common as a musical to carry folks collectively and neglect in regards to the world for a second.”

Christina LaFortune is the Leisure and TGIF Editor at FLORIDA TODAY. Observe her on Fb at fb.com/christinalafortune or ship her an e-mail at [email protected] 

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