Northern Light Opera Company (NLOC) presents The Music Man, at 7:30 pm on July 29th, 30th, August 4th, 5th, and 6th and at a 3:00 pm matinee on July 31st at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium.
For its 10th year anniversary production, NLOC presents a cast of 44 (ages 6 to 86) in this delightful family musical set in River City, Iowa in 1912. Harold Hill the band instrument salesman – Marian, the librarian – Winthrop, her young brother with a lisp – Amaryllis, Marian’s piano student – a school board barber shop quartet – the Mayor, his wife, and her entourage of “pick-a-little talk-a-little” ladies – as well as many other wonderful town characters, all come to life on stage.
The Meredith Wilson musical plot follows salesman Harold Hill, a con man selling band instruments and uniforms to naïve Iowa townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. However, in River City, prim Marian the librarian sees through him. When Hill helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions due to his lisp, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. Harold, in turn falling for Marian, risks being caught to win her. Great songs include “Iowa Stubborn,” “Trouble,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Marian The Librarian,” “Gary, Indiana,” and “Till There Was You.”
Tickets, $20 Adults $10 Students, are available at Beagle Books in Park Rapids or by calling (218) 237-0400 or toll-free (866) 766-7372. For more information about Northern Light Opera Company, visit www.northernlightopera.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located in Park Rapids, NLOC has been in existence for ten years, using Actors/Singers/Musicians from the North Woods. Under the guidance of professional stage, technical and musical directors from New York, NLOC has established a well-deserved reputation for great musical theater.
This activity is funded in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008