The Music Man JR, a toe tapping crowd-pleaser, is hitting the 24th St. Theater one weekend only, Aug. 8-10 with favorites, including, “Trouble,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Wells Fargo Wagon,” and “Gary Indiana.”
Excited to direct this classic, Liorah Singerman, the Artistic Director of Young Actors Stage, oversees almost 70 children divided into two casts. Included in this musical are many dance numbers, including a full cast tap dancing routine, choreographed by Singerman.
The Music Man JR is part of the Broadway Junior Collection adapted for family audiences. The music and lyrics are by Meredith Willson. The play is based on the timeless Broadway classic which was the winner of five Tony awards, including best musical. The play went on to be a successful award-winning movie, starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. The story follows the 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. The catch is he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans to skip town with the cash as foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, whose belief in Harold’s powers just might help him succeed in the end.
Growing up studying acting at A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory in San Francisco, Singerman also received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and studied in London and New York City with award-winning voice teachers and choreographers. She has a long list of stage credits and is a member of SAG-AFTRA. In 2008, she founded Young Actors Stage, which has brought full-scale musical theatre productions to Sacramento and to the local public and private schools, including Crocker-Riverside, Holy Spirit, Genevieve Didion, Sutterville, and many more.
The role of Professor Harold Hill is played by Adan Hensley and Peter Sunseri, The role of Marian Paroo is played by Clara McNatt and Ana Riley-Portal. All have a great deal of musical theater experience and are looking forward to the show.
The following budding actors provided the following statements for this Valley Community Newspapers article.
Peter Sunseri said, “I’m thrilled to be playing Harold Hill in another one of Liorah’s fantastic productions. Music Man has always been one of my favorite musicals.”
Ana Riley-Portal, an 8th grader at St. Francis Elementary school who plays Marian in one of the casts said the following about her involvement with the production: “It is very exciting to sing such beautiful songs written for a soprano in a classic musical like The Music Man!”
Describing her excitement for The Music Man JR, Ana Konovaloff, a 4th grader at Holy Spirit School who plays Amaryllis, Marian’s piano student, said: “I can’t wait for the show when the whole cast is on stage doing a tap routine together!”
Lastly, Rosie Sunseri said the following about her experience, “I am so excited to play Zaneeta, a lot of dancing, great choreography and such a great cast.”
Anna and Louisa McNatt are excited to be in a show with their big sister, Clara, who plays Marian in one of the casts. All three sisters attend Country Day School. Louisa says, “it is a lot of fun singing and dancing at the rehearsals” and says that “you get to show your personality on stage!”
The shows are at the 24th Street Theater, 2791 24th St., Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 9 at 1, 4, and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 10 at 1 and 4 p.m.; $10 adults; $7 children.