Masquerade Theatre to present ‘The Music Man’ beginning May 27

Masquerade Theatre to present ‘The Music Man’ beginning May 27

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 12:02 am

Union City’s Masquerade Theatre will open the production of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” May 27 at the Capitol Theatre.
“The Music Man” chronicles the adventures of “Professor” Harold Hill, a con man who makes his way to Iowa after duping just about every town in Illinois with a variety of schemes. He makes his entrance into River City posing as a band director who promises to transform the town’s children into a real live band, as long as their parents pay up. In reality, he plans on leaving town before he is forced to make good on his promises. But then the completely unexpected happens: the con man falls for the local librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo. Miss Paroo is more than the average man can handle, but she proves to be merely a challenge for a con man like Hill. 
His determination to win the lovely Marian and  Marian’s resolve to expose Hill set the stage for a great story to unfold.
“You will love this playful story, set in 1912 Iowa, with its wonderful dialogue and lively score, not to mention a talented cast of local actors,” says the director, Sacchi Doss.
The role of Harold Hill will be played by the local owner of Aloha Pools and Spas, Brad Cook. No stranger to the stage, Cook has also played the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz” and Simeon in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” 
Cook and his wife, Cindi, have four children and the star says he is excited to share this experience with his daughter Chloe, who will be playing the role of Amaryllis. 
Marian Paroo will be played by Selle Shanks. A native of Brownsville, Mrs. Shanks has lived in Union City for the past three years. She is married to Union City native Tim Shanks and they have two teenagers. While living in Collierville before moving to Union City, Mrs. Shanks performed in “Steel Magnolias” as M’Lynn Eatenton. She has also acted on stage in “Annie” and “Jake’s Women.” She also had roles in the independent films “The Secret Garden” and “All Hallows Eve” and as an extra in a television pilot called “Southern Comfort.”  In addition to stage and film, she has also worked in a few commercial spots.
Since moving to Union City, the talented actress has appeared in “It’s a Wonderful Life” as Mary,  “The Wizard of Oz” as Glinda the Good Witch and “Annie” as Miss Hannigan. 
“Please join us for what promises to be a great production,” producer Becca (Russell) Alexander says.
The show will run three weekends: May 27-29, June 3-5 and June 10-12. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2. 
Tickets are $15 and are available at Lanzer  Printing and Office Supply in downtown Union City.

Published in The Messenger 5.12.11

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