Pella Christian High School’s theatre season opens with Broadway’s award-winning classic, The Music Man, this weekend, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 31, November 1 and 2. Performances are at 7 p.m. in PCHS’s Vermeer Auditorium, 300 Eagle Lane.
Written by Iowa’s favorite playwright Meredith Willson, the plot concerns con man Harold Hill who travels to small town River City, Iowa in 1912 to cheat the community with his standard scam of offering to equip and train a boy’s marching band and then skip town with the money. His scheme is moving along perfectly until Harold falls in love with the town’s prim librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo, who immediately sees through him.
Popular songs in the musical include “76 Trombones”, “Wells Fargo Wagon”, “Trouble”, “Pick a Little, Talk a Little” and “Gary, Indiana.”
Cory Van Gilst and Jessi Vos play Harold and Marian on the PC stage. Other memorable characters include Cali Beyer as Mrs. Paroo, Marian’s Irish mom; Jordan Breon as Marcellus Washburn, Harold’s old friend and one time partner in crime; Nick Van Beek and Leah Blankespoor as Mayor Shinn and his overbearing wife Eulalie; and Jimmy Beyer as Marian’s younger brother Winthrop.
The Barbershop Quartet will be played by Justin Stravers, Matthew Rossler, Joel Larson and Josh Fopma. The Pickalittle Ladies, Eulalie’s gossipy friends, will be played by Leslie Pence, Karyn Vander Wal, Courtney Griggs, Madison Thingstad and Malia Beatty.
The cast of over 50 is under the direction of Marlo Van Peursem with assistance from Tim Van Voorst (music), Bailey Van Wyk(choreography) and Daryl Van Zee (Tech). Student Leaders include Nick Van Beek (Student Director), Jon Larson (Production Coordinator), Nathan Champlin (Lights), Ryan Starkey (Sound), and Allison Johnson (Makeup).
In 1957, The Music Man became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Consistently in the top five most popular musicals performed in high schools today, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Reserved tickets are on sale in the school office with remaining tickets sold at the door; $5 for adults and $4 for students.