• The Music Man KIDS

Credits

Book by Meredith Willson

Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson

Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey.

Overview / Synopsis

Based on Meredith Willson's six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man KIDS features some of musical theatre's most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. This musical is family entertainment at its best - a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!

Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he's got "seventy-six trombones" in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, 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, whose belief in Harold's power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

The Music Man KIDS is the perfect vehicle for your young cast, a toe-tapping crowd-pleaser, featuring a soaring soprano ingénue part and a leading role for a charismatic actor, as well as plenty of roles for kids of every level.

Cast of Characters
Harold Hill
Harold Hill is a huge role and the essence of the musical. Cast an actor who has charisma and charm and is not afraid to take a positive risk onstage. He should be a good singer and mover and also have excellent acting chops. It is ideal if he has an excellent sense of rhythm. Your Harold should pair up well with Marian, and the two together should exude a spark of excitement.
Gender: Male
Vocal range: G5-B3
Marian Paroo
Marian Paroo begins as an uptight librarian and transforms into a beautiful, trusting young woman. Marian should be a strong singer and actor, and also be able to move well. She must have an air of confidence that draws Harold to her. Take some time during auditions to try different pairs of Harolds and Marians together until you reach the perfect combination.
Gender: Female
Vocal range: G3-G5
Charlie Cowell
Charlie Cowell is a Traveling Salesman, and is one of the premium acting-only roles in the musical. If you decide to have the actor playing Charlie also perform in the ensemble, take note to make sure he is not playing Charlie in those scenes. Cast a strong actor with a loud voice. Charlie should have a sense of confidence and love being onstage!
Gender: Male
Mayor Shinn
Mayor Shinn should be able to perform his role as proud politician very seriously, yet have a sense of comic timing. This actor does not have to sung or dance, but is responsible for a great deal of pacing and line pick-ups in the show. Don't be afraid to cast a physically small actor in this role, provided he can authoritative - it can bring down the house!
Gender: Male
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn
This is a great role for a comic actress! If Eulalie takes herself seriously your audience will find her hysterical. She does have some singing and some moving, but creating a "larger than life" character that works with your Mayor Shinn is essential. Consider contrasting your physically small Mayor Shinn with a tall Eulalie for even more comic brilliance.
Gender: Female
Vocal range: D4-D5
Marcellus Washburn
Marcellus Washburn is the classic sidekick to Harold. His big number is "Shipoopi," so he should be a good singer, a great actor and be able to dance. Cast a kid who is naturally funny and you will have a terrific Marcellus.
Gender: Male
Vocal range: E4-D#5
Mrs. Paroo
Mrs. Paroo is a good mother, stands up for what she believes and gently pushes Marian to think of her future. The role requires an actress who can sing and act. However, she doesn't need to have a polished voice - the more character the better! Take into consideration your actress's ability to look maternal with Winthrop and Marian.
Gender: Female
Vocal range: Ab3-Eb5
Winthrop Paroo
Winthrop is Marian's shy younger brother who hardly talks because of his pronounced lisp. This is a great role for a young performer who is a good actor. Winthrop transforms from shy to outspoken, and not only sings but dances!
Gender: Male
Vocal range: C4-Eb5
Amaryllis
Amaryllis is Marian's slightly bratty, young piano student who has a crush on Winthrop. This is a great place to feature a young actor who is not quite ready for a large part, or who doesn't have a strong singing voice. Cast a girl who is a good actor and similar in size to Winthrop and Gracie.
Gender: Female
Tommy Djilas
Tommy is the teen heartthrob in the show and a non-singing role. Cast a boy that can dance and create a strong character. Tommy's love interest is Zaneeta, so make sure the two characters have chemistry between them.
Gender: Male
Zaneeta Shinn
Zaneeta Shinn is the oldest and slightly daffy daughter of the Mayor and Eulalie. Cast a girl who is a strong dancer. Although this is a non-singing role, a well-cast Zaneeta will gain mileage out of her classic "Ye gads!" line.
Gender: Female
Gracie Shinn
Gracie is Zaneeta's little sister and the youngest daughter of the Mayor and Eulalie. The actor has few lines of dialogue, and if she is a good singer, she would be a fine choice to sing the first solo in "The Wells Fargo Wagon."
Gender: Female
Vocal range: B3-Eb5
Ethel Toffelmier
Ethel is Marcellus's girlfriend. She's described by Marcellus as "a nice comfortable girl and the bosses' niece." Ethel has some acting, some singing, and some dancing. Ethel is also one of the solo Pick-a-Little ladies. Make sure she and Marcellus look good together, think Ethel and Fred from I Love Lucy!
Gender: Female
Vocal range: D4-D5
Pick-a-little Ladies
Alma Hix, Maud Dunlop and Mrs. Squires. The Pick-A-Little ladies are the gossip queens of River City. These characters need to act, sing and move well. Cast girls with strong voices and a good sense of comic timing. The supplemental Pick-A-Little ladies are ideal parts for your abundance of girls.
Gender: Female
Conductor
The conductor has the first line in the musical. This is a non-singing role and perfect for an actor that can be loud and energetic but is not quite ready for a larger part.
Gender: Both
Constable Locke
Constable Locke is River City's chief law enforcement officer. He is a quiet, wise man who sees through Harold, yet doesn't seem to take Harold's antics too seriously. No singing or dancing is required for this role.
Gender: Both
Townspeople
The River City Townspeople are the heart and soul of the musical. The story is about a community of people so assigning your cast into family units is key. Ask each grouping to create a family history, including details of their lives. This will create an ensemble that is engaged and energized. Plan on separating your cast into three groups: adults, teens and kids. You will immediately recognize that some actors clearly "read" as adults onstage. Try to separate your groups into categories to create a realistic town.
Gender: Both
Traveling Salesmen
The Traveling Salesmen are non-singing roles suited for performers that have a strong rhythmic sense. "Rock Island" is the rap of its time! If you find you need to cast girls as Traveling Salesmen, make sure they play the roles as men. These actors can double as adult members of the River City Townspeople. You will need a minimum of five salesmen in addition to Charlie.
Gender: Both
Wan Tan Ye Girls
The Wa Tan Ye Girls are featured during Eulalie's "Spectacle" in scene 4 prior to "76 Trombones." Cast students who aren't afraid of acting silly.
Gender: Female

Boys' Band
All of your little boys can be in the Boys' Band if you have enough uniforms. If you need to fill out this Boys' Band ensemble with girls, be sure they appear as boys in uniform.
Gender: Both


Musical Numbers

Rock Island
[Salesmen, Charlie]
Iowa Stubborn
[Townspeople]
Ya Got Trouble (Part 1)
[Harold, Townspeople]
Ya Got Trouble (Part 2)
[Harold, Townspeople]
Piano Lesson/If You Don't Mind
[Marian, Mrs. Paroo, Amaryllis]
Goodnight, My Someone
[Marian, Mrs. Paroo, Amaryllis]
Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
Seventy-Six Trombones
[Harold, Townspeople]
Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little
[Alma, Ethel, Maud, Mrs. Squires, Eulalie]
The Wells Fargo Wagon
[Townspeople, Winthrop]
Shipoopi
[Marcellus, Kids]
Gary, Indiana
[Winthrop, Mrs. Paroo, Marian]

The Music Man KIDS

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  • $495.00