When I went to see The Music Man, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Having only seen the movie version once long ago, I didn’t quite remember the story, and I had never even heard of Twelfth Night Productions before. But after sitting through the 3-hour play in the auditorium of West Seattle High School, I was pleasantly surprised. The Music Man follows Professor Harold Hill, a salesman who arrives in the small town of River City, Iowa with the intention of conning the citizens out of their money. His plan? To sell musical instruments and uniforms to the parents of the town with the belief that he will be forming a boys’ band. Then, while the townspeople are distracted with the arrival of the shiny new instruments, he’ll run with the cash. However, his plan is soon in jeopardy when he falls in love with Marian, the lovely and intelligent librarian. Will Harold run with the money, or risk his freedom to stay with the love of his life? This is the main plot line. And of course, since it is a musical, you can’t forget such famous songs as “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Till There Was You.”
Twelfth Night Productions is an organization with the goal of involving the community in performing arts. Most of the actors involved in their shows are locals and amateur performers that volunteer their time. Yet despite the fact that many of the actors have little or no experience performing, they were wonderful! And the director’s clever additions to the story line made the play even more amusing. Meanwhile, the all-important band tunes were provided by the All City Band, which also received a portion of the proceeds. The Music Man’s cheery songs and heart-warming ending made it impossible to leave without a smile on your face.
Review by Callan, teen blogger