"The Music Man" on Stage at Prickett's Fort in June

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Continuing a tradition of providing high quality outdoor theatre for the community, the Fairmont State University Town and Gown Players present Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” at Prickett’s Fort State Park in June.

Show dates are June 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 and 21. Performances are at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. To purchase tickets, contact the Box Office at (304) 367-4240. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

There’s trouble in River City! When smooth-talking con man Harold Hill arrives in a small, tight-knit town in Iowa, he expects to dupe its residents with his elaborate moneymaking scheme. Despite his complete lack of musical literacy, he will convince everyone that he is a brilliant bandleader and recruit all the boys in town to form a band. The problem? Some of the town members, especially the stern librarian Marian Paroo, and the bumbling mayor George Shinn, don’t quite buy Harold’s story. As Harold struggles to keep his scheme afloat, he also finds himself increasingly attached to the townspeople, who have all experienced a positive change since Harold came to town. Complicating matters even more, Harold is also falling head-over-heels for the beautiful Marian. 

The cast of 51 includes Franchesca Aloi, Leigh Anne Bolyard, Diane Boso, Susan Coffindaffer, Avery Cole, Morgan Cole, Samuel Cox, Zach Curry, Dani DeVito, Greg DeVito, Kate Dillon, Kirt Drennen, Will Drennen, Brady Dunn, Clayton Dunn, Kathy Dunn, Shawn Dunn, Anthony Edmond, John Fallon, Olivia Ferguson, Tyler Girocelli, Gary Hayes, Jeff Houghton, Pierce Houghton, Marianna Jones, Sydney King, Paige Kreck, Courtney LaFollete, Madeleine LaFollette, Brandon Lee, Sarah Lemley, Caroline Maxwell, Jocelyn Maxwell, Bethany McPherson, Lacy Miller, Alexa Morgan, John O’Connor, Linda O’Connor, Stephen Phillips, Briana Pudsell, Morgan Rogers, Dominic Secreto, Andrew Shaw, Karla Smith, Frank Thomas, Paris Thomas, Mary H. Tillman, Billy Tobin, Jenny VanOsdol, Will Wright and Shannon Yost. The cast is made up of FSU faculty, staff and students, as well as community volunteers ranging in age from 10 to 60-something. 

The show is directed by FSU theatre professor Troy Snyder, with music direction by FSU music professor Dr. Sam Spears and choreography by FSU theatre graduate Tyler Kovar. As All-American as apple pie and as charming as can be, "The Music Man" is a fun-filled show the whole family can enjoy.

Prickett’s Fort State Park uses a living history style of interpretation to preserve, document and exhibit the past. It features an 18th century recreation of the original Pricketts Fort which provided a place of refuge from Indian attack. In addition, guests enjoy visiting the original 19th century Job Prickett House, Prickett Cemetery, Visitor Center and Museum Gift Shop. For more information, visit www.prickettsfort.org.