ART Around Town: RCT presents THE MUSIC MAN

Ruston Community Theatre presents THE MUSIC MAN 

Strike up the band, and make your way to River City, Iowa as Ruston Community Theatre presents The Music Man, directed by Dee Alexander, and sponsored by The Chumley Family. The musical is written by Meredith Willson, and is based on the story by Franklin Lacey. 

photo of the two leads “Harold Hill” played by Stephen Vessel, and “Marian Paroo”, played by Anna Brown

photo of the two leads “Harold Hill” played by Stephen Vessel, and “Marian Paroo”, played by Anna Brown

When Harold Hill, a traveling con man, arrives in River City, he convinces the locals to start a band by purchasing the uniforms and instruments from him. His intention is to flee as soon as he receives the money. Librarian Marian Paroo suspects Harold is a fraud, but holds her tongue since her timid brother, Winthrop, is excited about the band. As Harold begins to develop feelings for Marian, he faces a difficult decision about skipping town. 

Stephen Vessel, who plays Harold Hill, says, “This is an amazing show full of songs people of all ages will enjoy. Dee Alexander has such a great vision for this musical.” When asked how he prepared for the fast-talking lead role, Vessel remarks, “Preparing for the role of Harold Hill is no easy task. I run my lines and go through the songs every single day. Sometimes I even wake up singing one of the songs.” 

“I grew up watching classic movies with my family, so I was thrilled to accept the role of Marian Paroo!”, says Anna Brown. “I enjoy the full range of acting that this character entails, from singing and dancing to developing from a prudish "old maid" to a loving, tender woman. We've all worked hard and are excited to entertain our community with this fabulous and fun-filled musical!” 

Both Vessel and Brown admit their favorite thing about this show is being on stage with family. “My favorite part of the show is getting to be on stage with my son, John Davis [playing Tommy Djlias]. It is something I will always treasure.” says Vessel. Brown agrees. “I value sharing the stage with my children, Ayden [ensemble] & Audrey Anna [playing Amaryllis]. This has been a sweet family experience.” 

article written by Amy Beasley

article written by Amy Beasley

The Music Man will run Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20 at 7 PM and again Sunday, July 21 at 2 PM at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students. Seating is reserved and can be purchased online at www.rctruston.org or at the door an hour prior to the show. Call the box office if you need help buying tickets: (318) 595-0872. Be sure to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RustonCommunityTheatre or follow us on Instagram (@rctruston) to stay informed on other RCT events and shows.