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April 24, 2014

Terre Haute North students to present ‘The Music Man’ April 25, 26

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute North Vigo High School will present “The Music Man,” written by Meredith Willson, today through Saturday. Show times are 7 p.m. today and Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Doors will open 45 minutes before each performance.

A 1957 Broadway production starred Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Barbara Cook as Marian Paroo.

Preston returned as Harold in the movie version in 1962 with Shirley Jones as Marian. Ron Howard played Marian’s brother, Winthrop.

The cast album won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Cast Album.

“The Music Man” won the Tony for Best Musical over “West Side Story.”

“The Music Man” is a story about Harold Hill, a con man, who is working his way through the Midwest. He stops in River City, Iowa, and gets his foot caught in the door. The town, with its “Iowa stubborn chip-on-the-shoulder arrogance,” first questions his intentions. Being the magician Harold is, though, he cons them all into believing he’ll be forming their first-ever boys’ band, complete with instruments, uniforms and instruction books.

River City’s music teacher, Marian Paroo, who is also the librarian, is not easily mesmerized by Professor Hill. She starts to do a little research on Harold’s background. During his time in town, Harold gets the kids, teens and adults excited about their upcoming band. Even Marian’s troubled little brother Winthrop has been changed by Harold. Marian sees that there is more to Harold than his swindling ways and starts to fall in love with him. Harold realizes his love for Marian, as well, and allows himself to get caught by the town constable. In the end, the instruments arrive, the uniforms get worn and the boys’ band is formed.

A key quote from the show is “Pile up enough tomorrows and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”

Key songs from the show include “76 Trombones,” “Shipoopi” and “Till There Was You.”

Roughly 50 children will participate on the stage, with 20 working backstage. The production is directed by Michelle Azar and produced by Tina Ginoplos, assisted by Jacob Wooden, Kirsten Althoff and Austin Seeley.

A backdrop featuring Main Street in 1912 — which might seem oddly familiar to Hauteans — was designed and hand-painted by Erin Caldwell.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing Azar at

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