By Alex Simmons
Oh, we got trouble, with a capital “T” right here in… Springville???
On Thursday, the Springville Center for the Arts began their performances of “The Music Man,” directed by Don Wesley, which will run for two weekends through May 26.
This merrymaking musical tells the story of Professor Harold Hill (played by Nick Benstead) who is a traveling con man. When he arrives in River City, Iowa, everyone seems to adore him.
He tells the locals his idea for starting a band. At first the town is skeptical, but eventually, they come around and embrace the idea. He convinces them to purchase instruments and uniforms and then plans to flee town with the money.
Librarian Marian Paroo (Brittany Nichols) suspects that Hill may be a fraud, but she sets her suspicion aside for her brother Winthrop, (Roland Johnston) who is very excited about the band. Harold begins to develop feelings for Marian, and has to make the decision to either skip town or stay, just for her.
The rest of the talented cast includes Cory Golabek, Richmond Hubbard, Jackson Richert, Charles Weber, Donna Benstead, Aaron Fisher, Mark Mendola, Amanda Bray, Sara Gilhooly, Genevieve Fisher, Janelle Bray, Sarah Touris, Megan Cassidy, Kelly Campbell, Cathy Bohan, Jennifer Weber, Pam Morley, Ted Winkle, Matthew Arrington, Emma Dolan, Sadie Everhart, Brooke Ruzycki and Isabella Wray.
This musical features classics like “Goodnight My Someone,” “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Shipoopi.” So grab your tickets and “Pick a Little, Talk a Little, Cheep Cheep Cheep….” with the amazingly talented cast of “The Music Man.”
Performances run May 16, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and May 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. at the Springville Center for the Arts, 37 North Buffalo St., Springville.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for groups of 15 or more. Tickets are available at springvillearts.org, by calling 592-9038 or at the door.