‘The Music Man’ is all about family at Town and Country Players

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Meredith Wilson’s critically acclaimed “The Music Man” is playing at Town and Country Players from July 18 to Aug. 2Director, Nancy Ridgeway, is pleased to present this very popular, family-oriented musical on the T&C stage for the first time.

Con man, Harold Hill, played by John Zimmerman, arrives in a small Iowa town with plans to convince the townsfolk to enroll their kids in a marching band.  All the townsfolk need to do is pay for the uniforms and instruments.  Harold will teach the kids how to play.

But Harold Hill is no musician.  He intends to take the money and skip town.

The Palardy Brothers as the Babershop Quartet.

The Palardy Brothers as the Babershop Quartet.

Librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo, played by Mariel Rosati, sees through the con.  But when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian falls in love with Harold.

Harold is also in love.  He stays in town and risks being caught just to be with Marian.

John Neuman, chair of T&C’s 2014 Play Selection Committee and rehearsal Stage Manager says, “ ‘The Music Man’ is a show I’ve wanted to see T&C do for a long time.  It’s all about Main Street America.  It’s very reflective of the T&C community.  It’s very us.”

This production has a cast of 33 members, many of whom are children and teenagers.  This show and its cast represent what T&C family productions are all about.

Ridgeway states “What makes this production so special for T&C is the number of families involved.”

The barbershop quartet is made of four brothers, Kevin, Matthew, Michael, and Christopher Palardy.  Mrs Paroo is played by Kim O’Byrne-Rozman and her son Pavel Rozman is in the teen ensemble.  Maud Dunlop is played by Alyssa Smallwood-Dalsass.  Her family, Eleanor, Harrison and Claire play in the ensemble.  Another family, Hope, Molly, and Lucy Mcquoid are playing Zaneeta Shinn, Gracie Shinn, and in the ensemble.  And Ridgeway’s own daughter, Page, is the choreographer.

With musical direction by Joe Nappi, “The Music Man” promises light-hearted entertainment for the whole family.

See “The Music Man” July 18, 19, 25, 26, Aug. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m.  Matinee performances are July 19, 20, 26, 27 and August 2 at 3:00 pm.  For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.townandcountryplayers.org or call 1-800-838-3006.

About Town and Country Players

Town and Country Players is a non-profit community theater providing the Central Bucks area with quality theatre for the past 67 years. Located on Route 263 in Buckingham, Town and Country Players is the home of many dedicated individuals whose goal is to bring the theatrical experience to local residents while personally enjoying the effort to the fullest. Town and Country Players membership is open to anyone with an interest in theater and the desire to help.


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Mike Berman