Music, Theatre departments present 'Music Man'
April 02, 2005

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“The Music Man,” Meredith Willson’s humorous look at life and love through the eyes of a con man in rural Iowa, will come to life on the Bryan College stage April 14 to 16.

Presented by the college’s music and theatre departments, the musical is the first theatrical production celebrating Bryan’s 75th anniversary year.

Director Bernie Belisle said he chose the play for the spring production because “it’s a fun show, we have the people to do it and I thought we could get good community participation.”

In addition to Bryan students in the cast, more than a dozen children have parts, a recent Bryan graduate is the choreographer and three other adults will play in the orchestra.

“The Music Man” tells the story of a con artist who proposes to “save” River City, Iowa, from the menace posed by the presence of a new pool table in the billiard parlor. His plan is thwarted, however, when he falls in love with the town librarian. Memorable songs from the score include “Seventy-six Trombones,” “’Till There Was You” and “Goodnight My Someone.”

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available by calling 423-775-7500 and cost $7.50 for students and $9 for adults.