RHAM drama club presents 'The Music Man'

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Mon., Nov. 18, 2013
Liv Kurtz (who plays the role of Amarylis) and Adam Barnett (a part of the quartet) stay behind after a Nov. 16 rehearsal of RHAM's upcoming production of 'The Music Man' to help with sets. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Liv Kurtz (who plays the role of Amarylis) and Adam Barnett (a part of the quartet) stay behind after a Nov. 16 rehearsal of RHAM's upcoming production of 'The Music Man' to help with sets. Photos by Melanie Savage.

On the afternoon of Nov. 16, several students and teachers were still working in the auditorium at RHAM High School. Rehearsal for the upcoming drama club production of “The Music Man” had already ended, but some had stayed behind to work on backdrops and other technical aspects of the show.

The auditorium was dark except for the stage, where several students were lunching on pizza with RHAM English teacher Lindsay Halle under subdued stage lighting. Halle has a background in the theatre and was approached by students several years ago to head up the club. “And here I am,” she said. “The Music Man” will be Halle’s third show directing, and she and the cast members are looking forward to the production.

“It is a big, old-fashioned, full-chorus musical,” said Halle.

“It’s the musical,” agreed sophomore Liv Kurtz, who is playing the role of Amarylis. “The Music Man” has tons of music and tons of dance, acording to cast members, and it boasts a great story line.

“I like how they all become friends in the end,” said sophomore Adam Barnett, who plays the role of Jacey Squires, a member of the quartet.

The students have been working on the musical since the beginning of the school year. “Auditions were the second week of school,” said Halle.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it,” said Barnett. “I feel like the show brings everyone in the drama club together - the cast, backstage, the technical crew.”

Altogether, the production involves more than 90 people. There are 70 cast members, several working backstage and lights, and a 20-member pit band. Students come from grades seven through 12, from both the middle school and the high school. Middle school choral teacher Bailey Emerson serves as choreographer. And high school choral teacher James Mirakian serves as the musical director. “He’s retiring, so this is our last year with him,” said Barnett.

“We’ll really miss him,” said Kurtz.

“The Music Man” tells the story of con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to the residents of small town Gary, Ind. Hill promises to train the members of the band, but he really has plans to skip town with the money. Marian, the librarian and piano teacher, sees through Hill, but begins to fall in love with him despite her qualms. Hill risks being caught to win her over.

The RHAM drama club produces a musical in the fall, and will produce a United Theatre show in the spring. United Theatre brings together disabled and non-disabled performers for a dramatic production.

“We have really talented students,” said Halle. “Come see the show. It’s going to be amazing.”

“The Music Man” will run in the RHAM High School auditorium on Friday, Nov. 22, and Sat., Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. There is a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door.


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