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"Music Man" to take THS Auditorium stage

Staff Report

The Tallassee High School Music Department presents, "The Music Man," Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tallassee High School Auditorium.

"Each year, Tallassee High School puts on a musical production for the school and community," orchestra conductor Michael Bird said.

The classic Meredith Willson adaptation has won Tony and Oscar Awards during its run on on stage and the silver screen.

"The soundtrack album spent hundreds of weeks on the charts in the early 1960s, even hitting the #1 spot in Billboard," Bird noted. "The show is about a traveling salesman in the year 1912 who visits River City, Iowa thinking he can make a lot of money selling band instruments, even though he knows absolutely nothing about teaching music (except his so-called “Think System”).  The town’s spinster librarian has him figured out - and despite his shenanigans, she sets about trying to make an honest man out of him."

Langley and Atkins

Hadden Langley and Jean Leah Atkins have the roles of Harold and Marian, respectively. They are joined by a large cast of THS music department students; an orchestra comprised of community musicians and THS band members; a crew and chorus comprised of THS students; members of the Southside Middle School band and students from Tallassee Elementary School; and the famous real-life River City barbershop quartet featuring former TES/SMS/THS administrators James Bush and Ron McDaniel, with local attorney Lee Borden and local pastor and author Mike McElroy.

In addition to Bird's role as conductor, Adrian Lee Borden will serve as director and Jerry Cunningham as producer of the production. The musical director is Amanda Anderson.

In addition to performances for the public, there will be two more shows on Monday for students at Tallassee Elementary School (8:45 a.m.) and Southside Middle School (11:45 a.m.).

For more details including ticket orders, contact the THS Music Department at 334-283-3689.

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