Allan Hunt and Oak Park students team up in ‘The Music Man’

Oak Park High School will present the classic musical “The Music Man” Thurs. through Sat., March 7 to 9 in the school pavilion, 899 N. Kanan Road.

Shoe times are 7 p.m. March 7 to 9 and 2 p.m. March 9.

“The Music Man” by Meredith Willson is based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey.

The story follows Harold Hill, a fast-talking traveling salesman who poses as a band leader to sell instruments, uniforms and lessons to naive Iowan townsfolk.

Harold is no musician, however, and plans to leave town with the money and without giving any music lessons.

His plans are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who sees through him, helping to transform him into an honest and respectable citizen.

The show became Broadway hit in 1957, winning five Tony Awards including Best Musical.

The cast recording won the first Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

The OPHS director is Allan Hunt. The producer and crew supervisor is Russ Peters with Ellyn Schneider as production manager and senior Navya Hari as assistant director.

Music direction is Heidi Cissell. The band director is Zachary Borquez and the choreographer is Casey Denning.

The show is produced by the Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance.

The student body cast includes seniors Jeremy Orriss, Emma Wachsmith, Savannah Owens, Vincent Shnaider, Katie Dingle, Alex Labrecque, Samantha Heller, Emily Audras and Justin Ferrante.

Set construction and design is by the OPHS stage crew led of seniors Sam Hollander and Yuval Karoly.

Costume, hair and makeup is by a team of students under the leadership of seniors Alex Labrecque and Delaney Lampinen.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students.

Tickets are available at the door and oakparkusd.seatyourself.biz.

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