Family takes center stage in ‘Music Man’
BY STACI WILSON
During theater production rehearsals, cast mates tend to form a bond with each other often referring to each other as “family.”
The case in Endless Mountains Theatre Company’s ‘The Music Man’ is no different but many of the summer musical’s cast members had a head start in the familial bonding.
Bobbie Jo Kelsey, owner of Windwood Hill Dance Academy, is the show’s choreographer. Her husband, Mark, appears as traveling salesman Charlie Colwell set on exposing Harold Hill; daughter, Alex, portrays the mayor’s teenage daughter ‘Zaneeta Shin;’ and son, Jonathan, is a member of the River City Boys’ Band.
Although each member of the family has appeared in other EMTC productions, this is the first one they have done all together, said Bobbie Jo.
“It’s been a wonderful experience because we’re all together,” Bobbie Jo said, adding she would like the family to do more shows with each other.
But the family ties don’t stop with the Creamer family.
Appearing in her first EMTC production is Betsy Arnold as the mayor’s wife, ‘Eulalie Shinn.’ And her son, Derek Sydlosky, is ‘Olin Britt,’ a member of the River City school board and barbershop quartet.
Other parent-child performers include: Sandra and Sarah Raub; Staci Wilson and Skylar Secord; Theresa (pit band) and Kayla Marino; and Diana (Mrs. Paroo) and Bethany Wayman.
Diana Wayman isn’t just connected to her daughter; her brother, David Schmidt also appears as River City’s ‘Mayor Shinn.’
And they are just one of the sibling pairs involved in the production.
Others include: Co-director Amanda Rispoli and Gia Fiore (Gracie Shinn); Cathy Holleran (Mrs. Squires) and Maryann Zeffer; Cayli and Reese Allen; George (Winthrop) and Josey (Amaryllis) Sobeck; and Morgan and Garrett (stage crew) Mansfield.
Though not related by blood, the remaining cast members are still “family.”
Will Hagenbuch stars as con man ‘Harold Hill’ opposite Katherine Curry’s turn as his love interest, Marian Paroo.
“I think it’s phenomenal,” Hagenbuch said of the production.
In the play, Hill (Hagenbuch) is challenged to win over the hearts and minds of the “Iowa Stubborn” residents of River City, including the self-important mayor, the ever-bickering school board members and the gossiping Pick-a-Little Ladies.
He does this while attempting to swindle them out of the money with the promise of forming a boys’ band in the town – that is, until he meets the town librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo (Curry).
In River City, Hill also runs into his old friend and former con man, Marcellus Washburn (Bob DeLuca).
EMTC’s production of “The Music Man” is under the direction of Amy Zakarauskas and Amanda Rispoli.
The show will be performed in the auditorium of the Montrose Area High School, Friday and Saturday, July 26-27 at 7 p.m.; with a Saturday matinee performance at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults; and $8 for students or seniors.