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|Paynesville Press - March 2, 2005|
PAMS choir presents "The Music Man Jr."
Forty members of the Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir at Paynes-ville Area Middle School staged "The Music Man Jr." last week in the school auditorium.|
The choir presented the musical on Thursday night to the public, on Friday to the elementary and middle school students, and again on Friday night to the public. The total attendance for three performances was estimated between 750 and 900.
David Ruprecht, Jordan Severance, Matt Everson, and Adriano Ihrke sing in a barbershop quartet.
"The Music Man Jr." is a shortened version of the full-length Broadway production in which the fast-talking salesman Harold Hill (Ezra Thompson) comes to River City, Iowa, to sell his "think-system" band method and ends up falling in love with Marian Paroo (Kaitlin Burlingame), the town librarian and piano teacher.
Many of the songs and portions of the original script from the full-length musical were included in The Broadway Junior version, which is geared toward students ages 8-14 and ran just over an hour.
Doing a musical was just something extra for the Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir this year, said choir director Cheryl Bungum, who is directing the musical and is also having the Sixth Grade Choir stage a short musical, "We Haz Jazz," on Monday, March 14.
Harold Hill (Ezra Thompson) leads the people of River City, Iowa, after convincing them to fund a band.
Bungum was pleased with the production of "The Music Man Jr." "I was very proud of all of the students' hard work," she said. "They are a very talented bunch, and all of their hard work paid off in the end. I hope this experience sparks interest and enthusiasm in many of them to try other things like this in the future."
"The experience of working so hard together on the different aspects of a musical also created a bond that does not happen in regular choir rehearsals. Many of them have grown greatly in confidence and expression," added Bungum.
Auditions for parts were held in December, and the choir members began rehearsals in January. They rehearsed during the choir's regular school period and held additional practices at night.
"The Music Man Junior," a part of The Broadway Junior Collection, is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Music Theatre Inter-national, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.
Cast of Characters
Conductor: Zach Cole
Dancers: Carmen Barg, Callie Bennett, John Buermann, Dillin Christinsen,
Alexa McCorquodale, David Ruprecht,
Brent Schlangen, Aly Schultz,
Brandon Solem, Briana Temple,
Michael Vaske, and Angel Willemsen
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