Huntington University to present 'The Music Man'

FOR RELEASE
2008-10-27
Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Theatre Company will present “The Music Man” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6-7 and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Confidence man Harold Hill arrives at staid River City intending to cheat the community with his standard scam of offering to equip and train a boys’ marching band, then skips town with the money since he has no music skill. However, his plans go awry when he falls for the town librarian and inadvertently enriches the town with a love of music.


Winthrop (Alex Finney) rejects Amaryllis' (Melanie Lisinicchia) invitation to her party on Saturday as Marian and Mrs. Paroo (Hayley Johnson) look on.
Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, $6 for children 13 and younger, $5 for Huntington University students, and $9 for Huntington University faculty and staff. For tickets or more information, call the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at (260) 359-4261.

The production is directed by Jay Duffer, visiting professor theatre, with choreography by Melissa Duffer, adjunct faculty, and musical direction by Drew Wutke, adjunct faculty.

“The Music” Man was first produced Dec. 19, 1957, at the Majestic Theatre in Manhattan. The original Broadway production was directed by Morton DaCosta and choreographed by Onna White.



Cast

Harold Hill: Phillip Black, a sophomore theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.


Winthrop (Alex Finney) avoids the playful teasing of Amaryllis (Melanie Lisinicchia).

Marian Paroo: Abi Allwein, a senior theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Marcellus Washburn: Matthew Kaestner, a junior theatre performance major from Kingston, Tenn.

Mayor Shinn: Jon Huffman, a senior theatre performance, theatre design and technology, and English triple major from Traverse City, Mich.

Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn: Rebekah Posegate, a senior theatre performance major from Lake Villa, Ill.


Harold Hill (Philip Black) asks Marian (Abi Allwein) if he may call again while Mrs. Paroo (Haley Johnson) and Winthrop (Alex Finney) watch.

Mrs. Paroo: Hayley Johnson, a senior English major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Winthrop Paroo: Alex Finney, a sixth grader at Crestview Middle School

Amaryllis: Melanie Lisinicchia, a third grader at Huntington Catholic School

QUARTET

Ewart Dunlop: Peter Owens, a junior religious studies major from Indianapolis, Ind.

Oliver Hix: Derek DeRoo, a sophomore choral education major from Zeeland, Mich.

Jacey Squires: Matthias Austin, a junior theatre performance and political studies double
major from Wheaton, Ill.

Olin Britt: Peter Heneveld, a sophomore digital media arts major from Redding, Calf.

Charlie Cowell: Glen Pearson, a sophomore theatre performance major from Naperville, Ind.

Tommy Djilas: Nick Kight, a freshman public relations major from Greenwood, Ind.

Zaneeta Shinn: Lindsay Hoops, a sophomore theatre performance major from Leo, Ind.

Gracie Shinn: Abi Kline, a fourth grade homeschooled student from Huntington County

PICK A LITTLE LADIES

Alma Hix: Alicia Bonham, a junior theatre performance major from Upland, Ind.

Maud Dunlop: Meghan McClaine, a senior theatre performance major from Greencastle, Ind.

Ethel Toffelmier: Bethany Edlund, a sophomore theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Mrs. Squires: Jennifer Woodruff, adjunct faculty in the Huntington University Graduate School


Harold Hill (Philip Black) and Marian (Abi Allwein) have a conversation while Mrs. Paroo (Haley Johnson) and Winthrop (Alex Finney) observe.
Constable Locke: Edwin Woodruff Tait, assistant professor of Bible and religion and Huntington University

Conductor: Joel Cooper, a freshman digital media arts major from Indianapolis, Ind.

RIVER CITY TOWNSPEOPLE

Sarah Caley, a junior elementary education major from Byron City, Mich.

Joel Cooper, a freshman digital media arts major from Indianapolis, Ind.

Marti Evans, a resident of Huntington, Ind.

Samantha Freeman, a sophomore theatre performance major from Portland, Ind.

Shay Jones, a sophomore elementary and special education major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Jackie Kelly, a freshman elementary education major from Minooka, Ill.

Lucy Luedeke, a freshman theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Mary Russell, a sophomore theatre performance major from Columbia, Mo.

Kate Smith, a freshman theatre performance major from Centerville, Ohio

Edwin Woodruff Tait, assistant professor of Bible and religion and Huntington University

RIVER CITY TEENS

Miles Allen, a freshman digital media arts major from Roscoe, Ill.

Willis Barber, a freshman from Peoria, Ill.

Meagan Heffner, a freshman theatre performance major from Reading, Pa.

Krystle McGowen, a junior theatre design and technology major from Indianapolis, Ind.

Allisa Pienkowski, a sophomore social work major from Hampshire, Ill.

Angelica Potts, a freshman theatre performance major from Rensselaer, Ind.

Cassandra Quinn, a senior theatre performance and sociology double major from Bedford, Ind.

Joel Stockton, a freshman theatre performance major from New Carlisle, Ind.

Courtney Swenson, a sophomore theatre performance major from Landenberg, Pa.

Bethany True, a freshman theatre performance major from Angola, Ind.

TRAVELING SALESMEN

Matthias Austin

Derek DeRoo

Nick Kight

Peter Owens

Joel Stockton

Edwin Woodruff Tait

RIVER CITY KIDS

Brianna Bates, a third grader at Northwest Elementary School

Connor Duling, a third grader at Flint Springs Elementary School

Drew Evans, a fifth grader at Northwest Elementary School

Lizzy Finney, a fourth grader at Flint Springs Elementary School

Madison Hoover, a fourth grader from Roanoke Elementary School

Sydney Kline, a second grade homeschooled student from Huntington County

Production (Staff) and Crew

Jay Duffer: Director

Drew Wutke: Musical Director/Conductor

Melissa Duffer: Choreographer

Michael Slane: Scenic/Costume Designer

Matthew Knewtson: Lighting Designer

Nathan Capriglione: Production Stage Manager

Cassie Mansheim: Assistant Stage Manager

Alex Brunk: Assistant State Manager

Josh Dzuba: Technical Director

Amber-Dawn Katulic: Assistant Scene Design/Deck Chief

Andrew Edmonds: Sound Design

Ryan Arent: Assistant Sound Design

Kendra Kendall: Props Master

Krystle McGowen: Assistant Costume Designer

Courtney Kilander: Assistant Props

Nathan Martin: Master Electrician

Allisa Pienkowski: Dance Captain

Daniel Koch: Fly Rail Crew Chief

Rebecca Glander: Crew

Shaelyn Russell: Crew

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  
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