here to order tickets through the ArtsCouncil
of Mendocino County online box office.
tribute to Smalltown, USA of a bygone era, The Music Man follows
fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill
as he cons the people of
River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy's band
he vows to organize - this despite the fact that he doesn't know a
trombone from a treble clef.
His plans to skip town with the cash are
foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him
a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. By turns wicked, funny, warm,
Music Man is family entertainment at its best.
The Music Man opens soon at
The Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department and
Ukiah Civic Light Opera will present The Music Man April 12-21 in
Mendocino College’s Center Theatre. This classic American
musical is Meredith Willson’s affectionate tribute to Smalltown,
USA of a bygone era. The beloved show features some of the greatest
songs in American musical theatre history, including “76
Trombones,” “Goodnight my Someone” and “The
Wells Fargo Wagon.” The musical is based on a story by
Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, and features a book, music and
lyrics by Willson. This joyous family friendly show will delight
audiences of all ages.
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he
cons the people of River City, Iowa, circa 1912, into buying
instruments and uniforms for a boy's band he vows to organize - this
despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef.
His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for
Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by
According to the show’s director, Mendocino College
theatre professor Reid Edelman, “producing a major musical, such
as The Music Man, is always exciting. It is a joyful opportunity
to collaborate with our wonderful dance and music faculty and to
involve a large cast of enthusiastic performers. This is one of
the greatest musicals ever written, one that celebrates life, love and
the transformative power of music.”
David Strock, a talented local theatre artist with dozens of musical
and dramatic theatrical credits, plays the central role of Professor
Harold Hill. Veteran local performer, former Miss Mendocino, and
real-life local librarian Roseanne Wetzel plays the role of Marian the
Librarian. Other performers in principal roles include Ryan Eldredge as
Hill’s side-kick Marcellus Washburn, Joyce Boghosian as
Marian’s mother Mrs. Paroo, and the adorable Marcus Phillips in
the role of Marian’s 12 year old brother Winthrop. The town
mayor and his wife will be played by Harvey Baumoel and Margo
Selleck. Charlie Cowell, a travelling salesman bent on exposing
Hill as a fraud is being played by Mendocino College theatre student
Will Moody. Another college theatre major, Andrew Corpuz, plays
the important role of Tommy Djilas and is also the production’s
dance captain. Sarah Martin, an experienced dancer with the Mendocino
Ballet Company, plays opposite Corpuz as the female dance lead Zaneeta
Shinn, the mayor’s daughter. The show also features Dave
Peterman, John Ratto, Frank Braverman and Jim Howlett as a delightful
barbershop quartet. The Music Man company includes nine energetic
local children, including 10 year old Taylor Bowser in the principal
role of Amaryllis.
In all, the radiant and enthusiastic cast includes forty talented
singers, dancers and actors as well as a full orchestra (under the
direction of music director and Mendocino College professor Les
Pfutzenreuter). Ukiah High School drama teacher and Mendocino College
dance instructor Maria A. Monti is choreographing the extensive dance
sequences and Mendocino College music instructor Marilyn Simpson is the
production’s vocal director and co-musical director.
College theatre technician Larry L. Lang is designing scenery and
lighting, while college costuming instructor Kathy Dingman-Katz is
creating the many costumes with the assistance of her costume
construction classes. College music and recording arts instructor
Rodney Grisanti will design the sound reinforcement and effects.
Gary Hudson is stage-managing the production.
This show is expected to sell out quickly, so audiences are encouraged
to purchase tickets early. The Music Man opens Friday April 12
and runs through April 21 in the Center Theatre on the Mendocino
College campus. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM
and Sundays at 2 PM. There is also a performance on Thursday
April 18. Tickets are available now at the Mendocino College
Bookstore on the college campus, at the Mendocino Book Company in
downtown Ukiah and also online at www.artsmendocino.org. Prices
are $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and ASMC cardholders.
For additional information or group sales, please call 462-9155.