‘The Music Man’ takes Timber Lake stage

Staff Report

MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Executive Director James Beaudry directs and choreographs The Music Man, one of the most beloved musical comedies of all time, at Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) in Mount Carroll, Ill.

The show, a valentine to the American small town in a more innocent time, was last seen at TLP 24 years ago, and opens Friday, July 5, for only 12 performances.

Meredith Willson’s classic story of a fast-talking salesman who knows nothing about music but sells bands to unsuspecting small towns until he meets his match in a piano-playing librarian became an instant hit in 1957 and has since been turned into two films and seen countless productions all over the world.

Songs like “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Till There Was You,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “Lida Rose” and “Marian The Librarian” are now American standards. The score, the dances and the timeless and hilarious writing still delight audiences of all ages.

Cody Jolly of Atlanta and Sarah Larson of Milwaukee star as Harold Hill and Marian Paroo. TLP favorites Time Wessel and Judy Knudtson return to play Marcellus and Mrs. Paroo, respectively.

Classic musical comedy is one of the most American art forms, and it’s also one of the hardest to get right,” Beaudry said. “But the commitment of the cast to creating a fun and spectacular show that celebrates a kind of mythical small-town Americana, is turning The Music Man into a show that I think our audiences will just love.”

The Music Man runs July 5-14 for 12 performances only. TLP is at 8215 Black Oak Road in rural Mount Carroll, Ill. Tickets are $15-$23 and are available at the box office, by calling (815) 244-2035 or visiting www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. The show is appropriate for all ages, and a few performances are already sold out. Opening July 9, TLP will also present Seussical, an hour-long musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss, for children and families. All tickets for Seussical are $6.

From the July 3-9, 2013, issue

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