‘The Music Man’


Heidelberg University’s School of Music & Theatre kicks off the 2018-19 season with its rendition of Meredith Willson’s classic romantic comedy, “The Music Man,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman “Professor” Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy’s band that he vows to organize. Despite the fact that Hill doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef, his plans to make a profit and skip town are foiled when he falls for Marian the Librarian, who changes everything.

Directed by Stephen Svoboda, the cast includes Sam Stohlman (Professor Harold Hill); Lo Jackson (Marian the Librarian); Gavin Hubbard (Marcellus Washburn), Gavin Buurma (Tommy Djilas), Kaylea Bowers (Zaneeta Shinn), Austin Buckhalter (Mayor Shinn), Madison Swyers (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn), Ashley Dawson (Mrs. Paroo), Connor Applegate (Charlie Cowell), Xander Roerdink (Winthrop) and Annika Myers (Amaryllis).

Other cast members include: Barbershop Quartet — Will Sweeney, Greg Ramsdell, Eli Rousculp and Seth Ennis; Pick a Little Ladies — Kyrsten Lilly, Caira Goldstein, Holly Dunn, Lizzie Bowman, Taylor Richardson, Jasmine Ridler, Kaitlyn Esquibel and Paige Hood; Salesman/townfolk — Joseph Boehler, Shane Souders, Gavin Buurma, James Ogle, Kenny Beucler and Connor Applegate; Townspeople — Pree Bryant, Hannah Schoen, Gloria Gutchel and Haley Martin; Marian the Librarian ensemble — Gavin Buurma, Kaylea Bowers, McCartney Betz, James Ogle, Kenny Beucler, Kenzie James, Shane Souders, Emma Swain, Martina Dimiduk, Joseph Boehler, Michelle Chen, Riley Gibson and Reese Lytle; It’s You ballet ensemble — Gavin Buurma, Kaylea Bowers, Kenzie James, Evyn Stevens, Connor Applegate, Paige Hood, Kenny Beucler, Caira Goldstein, James Ogle and Lizzie Bowman; Shipoopi and Seventy-Six Trombones dancers — Gavin Hubbard, Kaylea Bowers, McCartney Betz, James Ogle, Gavin Buurma, Kenzie James, Emma Swain, Evyn Stevens, Riley Gibson, Reese Lytle Martina Dimiduk, Michelle Chan and Kenny Beucler; Children’s ensemble — Ryan Arnold, Esme Hummel-Sass and Colton Sampson.

Tickets for “The Music Man” can be reserved by visiting gundlachtheatre.org. Cost is $15 for general admission seating.