The Music Man

MPAC's annual spring musical

Written by Meredith Wilson

Directed by Carol Devendorf

Audition dates: February 23 & 25

February 23 from1-4 pm [8-10 year olds]

February 23 from  5 - 8pm [11-13]

February 25  6 - 9pm [14+]

Production Dates: June 12 - 14

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at it's best. Meredith Willson's six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. 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.

Characters (in approximate order of appearance)


Charlie Cowell: A traveling salesman who is on to Harold Hill's schemes. Tirelessly attempts to prove to everyone the true con-man behind Harold Hill.

Harold Hill: Our story's unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming.

Mayor Shinn: A blustery politician who is all too "self-important." Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.

Ewart Dunlop: A member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude Dunlop.

Oliver Hix: A baritone in the quartet formed by Hill. Oliver is married to Alma Hix.

Jacey Squires: The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires.


Olin Britt: A citizen of River City and the bass of the quartet formed by Harold Hill.


Marcellus Washburn: Harold's chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.

Tommy Djilas: An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta.


Marian Paroo: The stuffy town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill. Stuck up. Curious.

Mrs. Paroo: Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop.

Amaryllis: A slightly bratty piano student of Marion Paroo who may have a crush on Winthrop.


Winthrop Paroo: Marian's baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.


Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn: Mayor Shinn's peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself.


Zaneeta Shinn: The Mayor's fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times.


Alma Hix: A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Oliver Hix.

Maud Dunlop: A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Ewart Dunlop.

Ethel Toffelmier: A comical "Pick-a-Little Lady," and Marcellus Washburn's girlfriend.

Mrs. Squires: A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Jacey Squires

Ensemble: Constable Locke, Newspaper Readers, River City Townspeople, Traveling Salesmen, and more!

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