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FHS will present The Music Man

Harold Hill (Brendan King) pursues Marian Paroo (Maggie Kielas) by singing, “Marian the Librarian” in the Farmington High School production of The Music Man. The musical is on stage at Boeckman Middle School’s auditorium Nov. 15-17, and Nov. 22-23.

Farmington High School’s theater arts program is gaining popularity among students. That will be evident this weekend when more than 40 students take the stage for the FHS musical production of “The Music Man.”

With Brendan King taking the lead role of Harold Hill and Maggie Kielas appearing as Marian Paroo, the cast is made up of 42 students, director Maria Capecchi said. There may not be 76 trombones in the big parade, but there are 15 instrumental students playing in the pit, and another 15 in the cast.

“(The directors) always get together at the end of the season and talk about the kinds of talent we have coming up,” she said. “With The Music Man it was a good way to bring in those middle schoolers and high schoolers and give them a chance to show their talents and build the program.”

All told, Capecchi said, more than 90 students auditioned for this fall’s musical. In an effort to build the FHS drama program, the auditions were opened to students from both middle schools, as well. The auditions were held last spring, before the end of the school year.

With such a large group of new actors and actresses, Capecchi started rehearsals weeks before school started. Initially, she worked with students on acting techniques like creating character and knowing stage left from stage right.

“All of those things we kind of go over before they even get the scripts,” she said.

The well-known musical was written by Meredith Wilson, and includes such songs as “76 Trombones” and “Goodnight My Someone.”

The Music Man will be on the Boeckman Middle School stage at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15-16, and again Nov. 22-23. A 2 p.m. matinee is set for Sunday, Nov. 17. Tickets can be purchased in the second floor office of the high school, or at the door half an hour before the show. The cost is $5 for students and senior citizens, $8 for adults, and $10 for reserved seating.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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