• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

‘Music Man’ coming to WCMS stage May 18, 19

THE MUSIC MAN was double-cast for performances on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at Woodford County Middle School. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

LELIA BRANSTETTER and Harrison Hamlin rehearsed a scene from “The Music Man” at Woodford County Middle School. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

The cast of Woodford County Middle School’s production of “The Music Man” say being a part of such a well-known musical has been an opportunity to stretch themselves as performers by making these iconic characters their own.

The challenges are significant because the students are portraying much older characters in a very different time. They’ve got to step into those shoes and take their audience back to 1912 so they can tell this story.

“I can see a little bit of every person in their own character,” said eighth-grader Willa Michel, who plays Mrs. Paroo.

Eighth-grader Lauren Holt, who had never seen “The Music Man” before being cast in this musical said she loves being onstage as Marian because “she’s her own person … and I love that about her.”

Eighth-grader Jackson Geilear said he appreciates Harold Hill’s transformation from a fast-talking salesman to a better person. “…I feel like I change with him,” he explained.

In her ninth year at WCMS, theater teacher Alyssa Sturgill described “The Music Man” as a show that she always wanted to direct. She chose this spring to produce the musical because her students “understand the humor of the time. So it just fit perfectly with the personalities of the kids I have,” she said.

“Being a part of this is a really big deal to me because I love to sing, I love to act,” said Willa. “And this is like one of the only opportunities I get to do that.”

Sturgill, who described “The Music Man” as one of those shows on her bucket list, said, “It’s just a classic musical.”

Performances of “The Music Man” are Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, and may be purchased before performances at the WCMS cafeteria.

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