SAF Young People's' Theatre: "The Music Man," 5/3- 5/5

The Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Young People’s Theater presents Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.

“The Music Man” stars 27 kids in grades 3-5 with performances May 3-5, 6 p.m.

Tickets are $13 for adults;$11 for students 18 and under. Lap kids are free. (Tickets are $1 more the day of, so buy your tickets in advance to receive a discounted price.) Tickets are reserved seating, and are available at www.sheridanoperahouse.com. The concessions stand will be open for each show so bring the whole family down for a night of laughter and entertainment.

Starring 27 local actors grades 3-5, Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 . The family-friendly story deserves tobe 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. 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.

“The Music Man is such an important staple of musical theater, so it’s been really exciting to get to introduce and produce this show with children,” states SAFYPT director Leah Nikula. “The score is one that everyone knows, whether they are aware of that or not. The kids’ response to this material has been very telling as to how truly timeless ‘The Music Man’ is; it is one of those rare shows that creates a ‘theater bug’ if you will and opens the entire world of performance art to people they love for the rest of their lives. The score that was written into this particular production is really incredible, too. I’m excited for the kids to get to create such a classic piece of magic while incorporating some modern music that really adds to the show.”

“The Music Man” stars Henry Deppen, Zoe Hampton, Alyssa Neumann, Charité Raible, Annabelle Starr, Austin Cook, Hugh Hatcher, Lana Kenworthy, Sonja Rikkers, Lila Mueffelman, Celia Chaffin, Eleanor Rosen, Quincy Shoff, Ruby Cieciuch, Lola Neyens, Zander Sante, Piper Allen, Belle McTigue, Orlin Bulson, Evan Stogner, Max Singer, Brady Ramirez, Rita Hynes, Riley Whitaker, Madalyn Charleston, Caroline Merritt, and Teagon O’Dell.

“This is the most advanced material of YPT’s entire season, and this incredible cast of young thespians has taken the challenge and absolutely soared,” adds Nikua. “I’m so excited for the community to escape into a world of nostalgia while being blown away by this production.”

The show is choreographed by Danielle Jenkins with lighting design by Rob Wagner; sound design by Tommy Wince; costume design by Traci Baize; and set design by Buff Hooper.

Nikula is also assisted by older YPT students Macy Desmarais, Dietz Woehle, Maddy Regrut, Kiara Warren, Savannah Baize, and Lilly Jones.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation and CCAASE.

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