BLT Announces Auditions for The Music Man set Jan. 23rd and 25th

Jan 10, 2014

Bradford Little Theatre show producer and board member Kristin Asinger, and co-directors Kathy O’Mara and Nicole Bednez invite all actors, singers and dancers to audition for Meredith Willson’s The Music Man which will be performed at the Bradford Area High School Auditorium March 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 30 for a 2 p.m. matinee.

Auditions for the show will be held at the Bradford Little Theatre office, 79 Main Street. Students, grades 2-8 may audition Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. or Saturday, January 25 at 9 a.m. High school students and adults of all ages are welcome to audition Thursday, January 23 at7:30 p.m. or Saturday, January 25 at 10:30 a.m. Those auditioning should dress comfortably and, if interested in a lead role, bring a prepared song to sing, preferably one from The Music Man. A waiver must be signed by all participants and will be available on BLT’s website and at auditions.

Bednez said of this production, “I am so excited to be doing this show with my mom, Kathy O’Mara as the music director. We complement each other very well and enjoy rehearsal time together.”

The Music Man story is about Harold Hill, a con artist who poses as a boy’s band leader and cons the entire town of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for the band. Unfortunately, he falls in love with the town’s prim librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo,and that makes it difficult for him to skip town with the money. When he helps Marian’s brother Winthrop with his social anxieties, Marian sees him for the good and kind man he truly is.

“The key to casting this musical is to find a charismatic baritone for Harold Hill and a charming lyric soprano for Marian Paroo,” said director Bednez. “These two characters are the backbone of the musical. I know that they are out there, we just need them to try out for the show.”

The Music Man was a hit on Broadway in 1957, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This musical has become an American favorite thanks to the quirky characters, charmingly dramatic situations and nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets, and sentimental ballads.

“We are looking forward to a cast of over 50 talented individuals to fill multi-generational roles from River City townspeople to Rock Island salesmen. There is a part for everyone,” according to assistant director, Barb Pedersen. The music includes great classics such as “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Goodnight My Someone” and “Gary, Indiana.”

Some of the characters in the show include Professor Harold Hill, Marian Paroo and her Irish mother Mrs. Paroo, former con artist Marcellus Washburn, Mayor George Shinn and his outspoken wife Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, teenagers Tommy Djilas and Zaneeta Shinn, children Amaryllis and Winthrop; as well as the Boys Band and the gossipy Pickalittle Ladies. The Music Man is presented through special arrangement through Music Theatre International (MTI).

Director Bednez said, “I am hoping for a large turnout for auditions. I know that Bradford and the surrounding areas have the talent to support such a large cast.”

If anyone has questions, contact the BLT website or BLT’s Facebook page for more information.