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by Brandon Karrer
Because we are approaching the end of the semester, one can only imagine how much there is to accomplish before summer is here. Final exams always seem to take a toll on stress, which can actually cause you harm in the process of taking your final exams. Everyone needs some sort of break to flee from all of the worries that arise within these last few weeks. One way you can submerge yourself into a completely different world is to see the theatrical production of Meredith Willson's, “The Music Man” at The Harris Center.
“The Music Man” is an astounding musical production that illustrates an alternate lifestyle of living in 1912. The show’s setting is very much reflected off of Main Street USA at Disneyland. This show takes place in the small town of River City, Iowa. Everyone knows each other very well in this city, which leaves secrecy to be at a minimal. When a man by the name Harold Hill comes into this city, he causes a change in routine so that he can fulfill his plan as a con man. He uses a strategic plan to call himself a professor and create a glorified idea of an all boys band in order to pocket all of the profit from the band uniforms and instruments. Much of this show’s progression is reflected upon the cranky school board and the mayor of River City, while they try to gain access to Hill’s academic certificates. Through the endless encounters with Hill, the four members of the school board become susceptible to the idea of barbershop music. Hill uses this as his ultimate distraction so that he can proceed with his plan. The entire plot is enhanced by the fun music and elaborate sets that are used to create the ultimate experience for the audience to enjoy.
In 1958, “The Music Man” won the Tony Award for best musical production. The hit musical “West Side Story” was also up in the running for best musical production and lost to Meredith Willson's, “The Music Man”. This shows the quality of the production and as a performer in the production, I can say that this show is a classic that can be enjoyed by any audience.
As a member of the school board, I can say that every time I perform this show for an audience, I feel like I am living a life in Disneyland. The target audience of this show is directed towards everyone because of the endless connections that are made during each performance. This production reminds me so much of Disneyland, and everyone loves to go to Disneyland! Why not take a trip to River City?
The remaining run of this production is from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 11. Ticket information can be found at:
FLC Main: FR-108