Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"The Music Man" to be presented by Journey Theater Arts Group

The JTAG Community Theater Production runs two weekends – August 9-11 and August 16-18 at University of Portland’s Mago Hunt Theatre, sponsored and supported locally by Wells Fargo and Moda Health.

The Story:

An affectionate tribute to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's "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 he vows to organize, this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, whose grace and love turn him into an honest man.

Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, this critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads, which have become popular standards. Funny, warm, romantic and touching,"The Music Man" is family entertainment at its best.

Chris Bartell, of Portland, plays Harold Hill. Holly Counts, a resident of Hillsboro, plays Marian Paroo, but many from the cast are from Vancouver. (See photo, provided, at right.)


Performances are August 9-18, 2013 at the Mago Hunt Theatre at the University of Portland (directions on the JTAG website). Tickets are on sale now at JourneyTheater.org or by calling 360-750-8550. Pre-sale adult tickets are $18. Student and military tickets are $15 (with ID). Youth and senior tickets are $12. The 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 10th showing is a “family day” performance with all tickets just $12. Tickets at the door will be $3 more.

Look for our opening night review here on August 10.

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