Roosevelt Middle School eighth-grader Zackary Schaefer (Harold Hill) rehearses a scene April 22 from the school’s production of “The Music Man Jr.,” playing May 2-4 in Blaine.

Enjoy “The Music Man Jr.” at 7 p.m. May 2-4 at Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine.

Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy, “The Music Man Jr.” features some of musical theater’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and old-fashioned romance.

The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill (Zackary Schaefer), as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? 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 (Hollyn Shaughnessy), whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

“It think it is a great musical because it’s great for all ages,” said eighth-grader Jayla Johnson (Zaneeta Shinn).

Artistic director Shanan Edelheit said he picked “The Music Man Jr.” because he wanted his students to experience a classic Broadway musical.

“I love introducing the kids to the golden age of Broadway,” he said. “Most had never heard of this show before auditions, and none of them have performed in anything like it. We watched the 1962 film together, and they were amazed.”

Over 80 students are in the cast and crew of “The Music Man Jr.”

The show’s music and lyrics are written by Meredith Willson and include iconic songs like “Shipoopi,” “Ya Got Trouble,” “Till There Was You,” “Goodnight ladies” and “Seventy-Six Trombones.”

“It’s a very exciting play with amazing songs and choreography,” said eighth-grader Zackary Schaefer.

“It’s such a light-hearted musical that people will love to watch,” added eighth-grader Hollyn Shaughnessy.”

For more information on the musical, call 763-506-5800.


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