Seventy Six trombones may be in the big parade, but life lessons are what stacked up for the St. Edmond students involved in the presenting the wholesome comedy of the "The Music Man."
Performances of the classic Iowa-based musical will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Msgr. Kelly Auditorium at St. Edmond High School, 501 N. 22nd St. Additionally, a 2 p.m. matinee will be offered on Saturday.
Of all the lessons to be learned staging a musical production, Cal Coleman, who plays the male lead of "Professor" Harold Hill, said what he has taken away from the experience is a reminder of a very basic life principle.
"I learned that you should always tell the truth," he said, "no matter what. It's something that happens in this play. Harold isn't the most truthful and it comes back to bite him. You should always tell the truth even if it leads to a consequence."
By Meredith Wilson, the musical revolves around Hill, a confidence man who travels around to small towns and sells musical instruments and band uniforms under the promise that he will form a band for the residents. Instead, he collects the money then disappears.
When he lands in River City, though, his typical scheme goes awry when he falls for the skeptical librarian and piano teacher, Marian. She, in turn, becomes conflicted whether to expose Hill's scheme after he helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness.
If you go:
Who: St. Edmond High School students
What: "The Music Man"
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday
Where: Msgr. Kelly Auditorium at St. Edmond High School, 501 N. 22nd St.
Cost: Tickets: $9 for the evening shows, $8 for the matinee.Tickets are available at the St. Edmond High School Activity Office.
'The Music Man' cast list:
Winthrop - Ian Duarte
Amaryllis - Maggie Lennon
Harold Hill Callaghan Coleman
Marcellus Washburn Zephan O'Connor
Jacey Squires Casey McEvoy
Ewart Dunlop Jimmy Averill
Oliver Hix Weston Dayton
Olin Britt Robby Burke
Charlie Cowell Jake Duarte
Mayor Shinn Parker Huebsch
Tommy Djilas Tristan Sitzmann
Constable Locke Vinnie Harvey
Train Conductor Max Wallace
No.1 Colin Flattery
No. 2 T.J. O'Tool
No. 3 Matthew Bocken
No. 4 Jake McEvoy
No. 5 John Woodruff
No.1 Jake Heidenreich
No. 2 Patrick Bocken
Marian Paroo Katie Ahlers
Mrs. Paroo Maddie McCarville
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn Clare Flattery
Zaneeta Shinn - Joeli Koenig
Ethel Toffelmier - Jessica Kuebler
Mrs. Squires - Alice Gaines
Maud Dunlop -Mary O'Connell
Alma Hix - Mary-Claire Li
Gracie Shinn - Leah Cosgrove
Sarah Benjamin, Rachel Blair, Jaci Brungardt, Madi Engels, Jericka Fitzgerald, Megan Flattery, Julia Fletcher, Britta Heidenreich, Emily Johnson, Yeon Ju Kim, Page Kinney, Lauren Moeding, Emma Nostrom, Iris Peimann, Alexis Perrin, Kenzie Scacci, Rachel Sherry, Emma Stackhouse, Madi Tarbox, Jaci Taylor, Rachel Walter.
The score includes such well-known and popular songs as "(Ya Got) Trouble," "Iowa Stubborn," "Seventy-six Trombones," and "Til There Was You." And while the refrains and lyrics of those numbers easily pop to mind, bringing the songs alive on stage takes more effort than humming a few bars. It takes cohesion within the group.
"I think our audiences will really be able to see our students function as a group," said Nicole Brown, musical director of the production.
Spectators and ticket-holders will definitely notice the St. Edmond students have matured, both on stage and off, said Katie Ahlers, who plays the role of Marian.
"Staging a production is a lot of work and you have to learn to just stop and let yourself breathe. And I think that's how things can be in life, too."