Theater group to present 'The Music Man'
July 20, 2005 - "Trouble'' comes to south county as the Family Musical Theatre's summer production of Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" pulls into the station at the Bayless High School Auditorium, 4530 Weber Road.
"The Music Man," which features such favorites as the rousing "Seventy-Six Trombones,'' the stirring "Trouble'' and the popular ballads "Marian,'' "The Librarian,'' "Lida Rose'' and "Till There Was You,'' will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, Saturday, July 23, Friday, July 29, and Sat-urday, July 30. Matinee performances will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24, and Sunday, July 31.
Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets for children under 12 and for seniors 55 years old and older cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For advance tickets or for information about the production, call (314) 894-0572 or (314) 481-3216.
A perennial stage, screen and television favorite, "The Music Man" tells the story of con artist/salesman Harold Hill who arrives in small-town Iowa on July 4, 1912, to fleece the locals. He sells them the hopes and dreams of a marching band that will save their children from modern corruption.
Within weeks, though, Hill finds himself sold on Marian, the town librarian he's been courting. As Hill's schemes catch up with him, something marvelous occurs, proving Hill's magic has changed the town and everyone in it, including the "music man'' himself. The production's message of hope and the redeeming power of love is timeless, as contemporary today as it was 100 years ago.
The Family Musical Theatre, the production company for the shows headed by Mike and Diane Hesser of Oakville, has presented musicals for and literally by families, as a "family'' of community theater performers for the past 17 summers.
The FMT's other past productions have offered such diverse fare as "Mame,'' "The Wizard of Oz,'' "Bye, Bye, Birdie,'' "Cam-elot,'' "Oklahoma,'' and "The King and I.''
In a seasonal change of pace, the FMT last winter presented "Nuncrackers: the Nunsense Christmas Musical,'' along with last summer's award-winning performance of "Fiddler on the Roof.''
Additionally, aside from a great love of musical theater and after the audiences' enjoyment, an important part of the FMT's summer's production is the chance to be of benefit to others through the organization's efforts. Donating part of each year's production proceeds after expenses, the FMT has contributed $60,000 to $65,000 over the past 17 years to local charitable organizations.