'The Music Man' plays final weekend at Thalian Hall

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill has hit River City, Iowa—and Wilmington—looking to con the townspeople into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band.

Opera House Theatre Company is presenting its third and final week of “The Music Man” this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 23-25, on the main stage at Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

Based on Meredith Willson’s classic production, this local rendition plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday.

Directed by Suellen Yates, it stars Jason Hatfield as con man Harold Hill and Heather Setzler as Marian Paroo, the local librarian.

Despite the fact Hill doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef, he surprises himself and everyone else by coloring the town with open-hearted possibility, and love makes River City the end of the line for him.

Willson’s marvelous confection of Midwestern corn and Broadway hot-diggity-doggedness is sure to entertain, delight and captivate the entire family.

The bouncy, joyous score is full of showstoppers like “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Marian the Librarian,” “Pick A Little, Talk A Little” and “Ya Got Trouble.”

Other cast members include Zack Simcoe as Harold’s old partner Marcellus Washburn, Mary Stewart Evans as Ethel Toffelmier, Jemila Ericson as Mrs. Paroo, Dru Loman as Winthrop, Wilker Ballantine as Amaryllis, Dan Morris as Mayor Shinn, Teri Harding as Eulalie Shinn, Capers Beddoes as Zaneeta Shinn and Jason Aycock as Tommy.

Tickets, on sale at the Center Box Office in Thalian’s lobby at 310 Chestnut St., are $25. Senior, student and military discounts of $2 are available for Sunday’s matinee. Group discounts of 10 or more are available for all performances.

The box office is open 2-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Tickets also can be ordered by phone at (910) 632-2285 and online at www.thalianhall.org.