Students are preparing to present Meredith Willson's light-hearted musical, "The Music Man," set in River City, Iowa in 1912.
"The musical tells the story of Professor Harold Hill (played by Joey Dierdorf), the fast-talking salesman of musical instruments, who convinces the town they need a band," Northview Musical/Choir Director Kristina Waugh explained.
Waugh added Hill attempts to woo the local librarian, Marian, and the town by convincing them that music is the answer.
Hill tells the citizens the presence of a new pool table in town is a definite cause for concern and will corrupt the youth.
"Creating a boy's band is the only solution," Waugh said. "It's one of the most beloved shows of all time."
The musical showcases many familiar songs including, "Gary, Indiana," "Ya Got Trouble," "76 Trombones" and "Til There Was You."
During the performance, student actors will show-off dance moves like the Vernon Castle one-step that they will learn from choreographer Josh Hoffman.
"We have a lot of these kids in class," Waugh said. "It's nice to see them come alive in a way they may not in the classroom."
In addition, directors Waugh and Diana Knox plan to add younger school-age children to the cast list, including North Clay Middle School student Bailey McWilliams who plays Winthrop and others wanting to be a part of the "youth band."
"It's a good experience to get to know the student outside of the classroom," Knox said. "In there you have to be more structured and regimented, but doing this I get to have fun and get to know a different side of them."
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and will go on sale Nov. 1.
Due to the expenses of the production, the troupe is asking for community support.
Willing parties can earn special reserved seating and their name in the program by becoming a Patron, Sponsor or Angel.
A $20 Patron contribution entitles an individual or a business two reserved seats in the orchestra section of the auditorium.
A $30 Sponsor contribution ensures two center orchestra seats.
A $50 or more contribution will give Angels two front, center orchestra seats, and Angels can choose to incorporate their business logo or card into the performance program, as well as in a separate advertising space.
All contributors will receive recognition in the program.
Those interested should contact Knox by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 448-2661 ext. 1462.