The Music Man to March to The Stage

Ben Truong, Staff Writer

The Music Man opens Jan. 31 with lead actors Cassidy Stillwell and Aaron Hunter.
When characters try to make a quick buck off villagers, the plot takes a spin when con artist Harold Hill (Aaron Hunter) falls for librarian Marian Paroo (Cassidy Stillwell).
The musical is set in River City, and tells the story of con man Harold Hill establishing a band with the townspeople and convincing them to buy band equipment.
Hill falls in love with the town librarian and reconsiders skipping town with the funds.
Members of the Titan theatre and choir are working to put on a quality act directed by choir teacher, Jessica Schemmel.
“I’m used to directing musical choreography and not as much as putting scenes together,” Schemmel said.
“I think that this production will be super fun and enjoyable to watch,” sophomore Annalie Tutt (Mrs. Squires) said.
Those planning to attend the show can expect entertaining choreography. Much effort is being put into learning the dances.
“The highlight of the musical is the ability to perform with a live orchestra, which is not always an option in youth theatre. My favorite part about my role is the music, Harold Hill has some great songs,” junior Aaron Hunter said.
Behind the scenes performers are having a blast and preparation for the big night has been going smoothly.
“Rehearsals are going well, and everyone is working well together,” sophomore Lucas Walsh (Oliver) said.
Putting on the show is demanding for everyone involved, including families.
“We’ve had a lot of parent help, which has been so incredible,” Schemmel said.
Cast members enjoy their character’s on-stage moments.
“My favorite part of my role is getting to play a very independent young woman who has never had spontaneous adventures in her life until Harold comes along and shows her what she’s missing. I also love the songs I get to sing. They are both challenging and fun,” senior Cassidy Stillwell said.
The show runs Jan. 31, and Feb. 1, 7, and 8 at the PCPA. All shows start at 7 p.m. in addition to a matinee on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased starting Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. online, at the box office window, and through phone orders for $15 to $20.