Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

‘Music Man’ this weekend at Badger

by Lisa Seiser

November 10, 2011

Since late August, about 100 Badger students have been working to prepare for the fall musical, “The Music Man.”

Teacher Andrew Stoltenberg is in his first year at Badger and is excited about the upcoming production, set for Nov. 10 to 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. The cost of tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The musical was chosen last spring by choral director Matt Roemer.

“They are having a blast,” Stoltenberg said of the students preparing for this weekend’s production. “They are really sinking their teeth into their roles and the music.”

Stoltenberg called the musical a “great family show, with music, humor and fun.” He also said it is set in the Midwest and people will relate to it well.

The Badger performance will bring together about 40 members of the cast, 30 in the orchestra and dozens involved in set design, stage management and lighting.

“This really brings together all our different performing arts,” Stoltenberg said.

“The Music Man” is a musical with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson. It is based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey.

The plot involves a con man, Harold, who poses as a band organizer and leader and sells instruments and uniforms to townsfolk before skipping town with the cash.

According to Wikipedia, in River City, Iowa, librarian and piano teacher, Marian, sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp, Marian falls in love with Harold. Harold, who falls for Marian, risks being caught to win her.

The show was a hit on Broadway in 1957 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and ran for 1,375 performances, according to Wikipedia. There also was a film adaptation in 1962 as well as revivals and a 2003 television remake.