Strike up the band as the Hoosick Falls Central School drama club presents The Music Man starting tonight and running Saturday and Sunday at the High School auditorium!

When smooth-talking con man Harold Hill arrives in a small, tight-knit town in Iowa in 1912, he expects to dupe its residents with his elaborate money-making scheme: Despite his complete lack of musical literacy, he will convince everyone that he is a brilliant bandleader and recruit all the boys in town to form a band, pocketing the cash for instruments and uniforms. The problem? Some of the town members, especially the stern librarian, Marian Paroo, don’t quite buy Harold’s story. As Harold struggles to keep his scheme afloat, he also finds himself increasingly attached to the townspeople, who have all experienced a positive change since Harold came to town. Complicating matters even more, Harold is also falling head-over-heels for the beautiful Marian.


More than 40 students from grades 5-12 will perform in the show, including Daniel Lane as Harold Hill, Mea Cleary as Marian Paroo, Grady Rowlands as Winthrop Paroo, Tristan Michaels as Marcellus Washburn, Wyatt Hall as Charlie Cowell, Finleigh Lewis as Mayor Shinn and Maya Shaw as Mrs. Shinn.

The rest of the cast includes: Alivia Criscione, Payton Dailey, Ashley Druckenmiller; Grace Eastman, Madelyn Gallese, Bret Giglio, Luke Giglio, Karalina Hastings, Sophia Hill, Emma Jelley, Sophie Kelly, Emma-Mae Kinney, Grace Lajeunesse, Rhiannon Lane, Olivia Lefebvre, Ethan McMahon; Lilly Parent, Sophia Parker, Rachel Pilot, Chyah Rhoden, Olivia Scott, Maya Shaw, Elija Thompson, Abigail Weeden and Emma Wilwol.

The show is directed by Ms. Melissa Zimmerman.

“This group has been amazing and it’s nice to get back to a show after the past couple of years,” Zimmerman said during a recent rehearsal. “The kids jumped back into musical theater like it never left them. The kids have put in so much work. A lot of the kids are on stage for their first or second time.”

The original musical won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1957 and a revival on Broadway starring Hugh Jackman in the titular role of Professor Harold Hill and Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo has been the hottest show on Broadway in recent weeks.

The show, which is free to attend, will run tonight starting at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 1 p.m., all at the high school. 

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