“The Music Man” Coming to Straughn Stage

MANSFIELD, PA – Mansfield University will present Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” on February 21-24 at Straughn Hall.

The musical tells the story of fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill, who cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize.  His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.  By turns funny, warm, romantic, and touching, “The Music Mam” is a story to be shared with every generation.  Meredith Wilson’s six-time Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences for over fifty years with such beloved songs such as “Goodnight My Someone”, “Seventy-Six Trombones”, and “Till There Was You

The Mansfield University cast includes Seth Shields (freshman, Music Education) as Harold Hill, Lilia Lopez (sophomore, Vocal Performance) as Marian, Robbie Flora (senior, Music Education) as Marcellus, and Emily Little (sophomore, Music Education) as Mrs. Paroo.  Ian Brennan (senior, Music Technology), Tom McCutcheon (sophomore, Vocal Performance), Jay Falgo (freshman, Music Education) and John McDevitt (freshman, Nursing) are the school board members turned barbershop quartet, Matt Merolla (freshman, Vocal Performance) and Tatyana Valentin (sophomore, Business) will play Mayor Shinn and his wife Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn. 

MU Music Professor Sheryl Monkelien and MU Alum Peter Davis will direct the production. Music Education student Madison Anthony will choreograph the show and Davis will serve as technical director.  Production dates are February 21, 22, 23 at 7:30pm and February 24 at 2:30pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors/students, children (12 and under) $6, and MU students are FREE with ID. 

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