Zion Workshop to present 'The Music Man' next week
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Having lead roles in "The Music Man," being presented March 3-5 by Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton, are Bryan Buffington, left, as Harold Hill, and Jessica Schafer, who plays Marian Paroo.
"The Music Man," the musical by Meredith Wilson that has in it the catchy tune "Seventy-Six Trombones" is coming to Lehighton.
It will be the 42nd annual production of the Zion Opera Workship, a non-denomination community theater based at Zion U.C.C. Church, Lehighton.
The show will be staged in Derr Hall of the church on March 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased from any member of the cast, at Carbon County Music and More, 199 S. First St., Lehighton, or by contacting Box Office Manager Sue Yeastedt at 610-377-4667 evenings from 5-8 p.m.
Zion Opera Workshop was founded by Paul R. Smith in 1970. He served as director for about 40 years, then relinquished the role to his son-in-law, Bradly R. Cressley.
The first production was "Amahl and the Night Visitors." Annual productions were held every years since.
This marks the third time Zion Workshop is presenting "The Music Man." It was done before sold-out audiences in 1974 and 1983.
The Music Man" takes place in 1912 in the small town of River City, Iowa.
Swindling con man Harold Hill, played by Zion Opera Workshop veteran Bryan Buffington, arrives in stuck-up River City intending to cheat the community with his standard scam of offering to equip and train a boy's marching band, only to skip town with the money just before they realize he has no musical abilities.
Things don't go as smoothly as planned in this particular town however when the town's librarian, Marian, who is played by longtime ZOW member Jessica Schafer, immediately sees through his scheming ways and works to expose him for the fraud that he is.
To further complicate matters, both the school board featuring quartet Brent Harris, Dave Krum, Eric Werley and Marcus Kunkle, and the mayor, who is played by Robert Fatzinger, are hot on Hill's heels, watching his every step.
As the story progresses, Hill's attempt to establish a boy's band begins to bring the stuffy community together and creates a transformation in the town that Marian is grateful for.
Other named roles include: Marcellus- Noah Smith, Charile Cowell- Justin Plocinik, Mrs. Paroo- Michelle Stoudt, Winthrop- Mitchell Hourt, Amaryllis- Erin McGinley, Tommy- Ryan Miorelli, Zaneeta- Laura Cressley.
Eulelia Shinn- Alyssa Grell, Constable- Allen Heckman, Conductor- Jim Blakeslee, Salesmen- Matt Poirer, Jonathan Rodgers, Adam Reichard, Ryan Miorelli and Michael Warkala, Alma- Elyse Kistler, Maude- Ally Smith.
Ethel- Samantha Ciermele, Mrs. Squires- Judy Harris, Gracie Shinn- Mikayla Blakeslee, driver- Brandon Cressley, newspaper readers- Nicolai Kabana, Darrin Wagner, Kane Zerbe, boy- Josiah Behrens, women- Sarah Nanovic, Kaitlin Pierkowski, Alyssa Huntington.
Rounding out the cast are townspeople, band members and children: Evy Heckman, Teah Garrison, Jennifer Plocinik, Mike Muffley, Mindy Tkach, Gavin Krum, Maya Schweitzer, Hannah Schweitzer, Macie Hourt, Ally McGinley, Jenna Haydt, April Walker and Owen Mendes.
The production is under the direction of Zion UCC's director of music, Bradly R. Cressley and Stage Director David Zimmerman.
Rehearsal pianist Cindy Mack will be joined by the Zion Opera Workshop orchestra.
Assistant music director is Paul R. Smith.
For more information visit the website at www.zionlehighton.org/zow.htm.