The Glens Falls Community Theatre is starting Season 79 with a very familiar favorite. GFCT last performed it in 1964!
To kick this season off there will be an Annual Meeting on September 3 at 7 p.m. at the Charles Wood Theater.
Please plan on joining us to hear about season 79 and how you can be a part of it, either on stage or off! There will be sign-up sheets at the meeting for all of the various tasks necessary for a successful show.
Refreshments will be available.
The musical, “Music Man,” has been a star in Broadway’s list of favorites since it first opened at the Majestic Theater on Dec. 19, 1957. The first-time composer, Meredith Wilson, was hailed as a major talent for lovingly capturing with his music and lyrics the lost innocence of America in the early 20th century.
The story involves the arrival of Harold Hill, a charming but not so honest traveling salesman, to the sleepy community of River City, Iowa, on July 4, 1912, and the impact and joy that his presence brought inadvertently, not only to the townspeople, but to his own life as well. He convinces the residents that he can teach their children to play in a marching band, but plans to collect the money for the instruments and uniforms, with the intention of leaving town before they find out that he knows nothing about music. What this “Music Man” did not know was that he would meet and fall in love with Marian Paroo, the town librarian, and that his life would be forever changed for the good.
“Music Man” will be directed by Catherine Gericke with music direction by Wes Ecker and choreography by JoAnn Searles. “Music Man” will be performed October 24, 25 and 26 at the Glens Falls High School Auditorium.
Yes, my friends, there is “Trouble” in River City, but you can make it disappear by joining the cast, crew and chorus:
HAROLD HILL, a traveling salesman
MARIAN PAROO, piano teacher and librarian of River City
MRS. PAROO, Marian’s mother (Irish brogue)
WINTHROP PAROO, Marian’s little brother (8 or 10 yrs. old)
AMARYLLIS, young piano student (8 or 10 yrs. old)
MAYOR SHINN, mayor of River City
EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN, mayor’s wife
ZANEETA SHINN, mayor’s oldest teenage daughter
GRACIE SHINN, mayor’s youngest daughter
MARCELLUS WASHBURN, old friend of Harold Hill who works in the River City Livery Stable
TOMMY DJILAS, a teenager
MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOLL BOARD AND THE QUARTET:
JACEY SQUIRES, 1st tenor, owner of the Livery Stable
EWART DUNLOP, 2nd tenor, local grocer
OLIVER HIX, baritone, banker
OLIN BRITT, bass, newspaper owner
LADIES OF RIVER CITY: ALMA HIX, MAUD DUNLOP, ETHEL TOFFELMIER, MRS. SQUIRES
TRAVELING SALESMEN ON TRAIN
CHORUS (ALL AGES 8 TO 90)
Auditions will be held the following night, September 4 at 7 p.m. at the Charles Wood Theater.