“The Music Man” cometh

ELLSWORTH — Steve Gormley will sing the part of smooth-talking con and traveling salesman Harold Hill while Sue Gormley will play the haughty, conceited librarian Marian Paroo in The Grand’s production of “The Music Man” opening at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 20.

Directed by Leslie Michaud, with music headed up by Rebecca Edmondson, “The Music Man” was composed in 1957 by Iowa-born playwright Meredith Willson, a flute and piccolo player who performed with John Philip Sousa’s band and the New York Philharmonic.

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, “The Music Man” is family entertainment at its best. The storyline follows Harold Hill, who cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize — this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. Can Marian, the librarian, transform him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall?

Sponsored by The First National Bank, The Grand’s musical extravaganza has an extensive cast covering the entire town of River City and beyond from its constable and mayor to a former con man and rival traveling salesman. River City’s children, played by Isla Uphouse, Lucy Ashmore, Vivianna Dilina and Clemtnie Mislang, will make appearances as well as the 13-member River City Kids Band.

The final dress rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, and the public is welcome to attend and “pay what you wish.” Subsequent shows are at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 4-5, 11-12 and 18. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Oct. 5-6, Sunday, Oct. 13, and Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 19-20.

Tickets cost $20 per adult/senior, $18 per Grand member and $12 for students (15 and under). To reserve seats, call 667-9500 and visit grandonline.org.

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