Rehearsals are moving right along now that we are at the Fred. Big
ups to Director Dana for bringing it all together this past week. We
almost ran through the entire show last Tuesday. The songs,
the blocking, the lines, and the laughter... bring it!
On Tuesday night after rehearsal, our wonderful cast parents will
prepare a hotdog feast for everyone. Come enjoy the hot dogs, chips,
and drinks. (And make sure you thank those parents for sweating it
out with us!)
River City was based on Meredith Willson’s home of Mason City,
As a kid in the winter, Willson and his
friends would grab onto the runners of the Wells Fargo Wagon to hitch
Who Said It?
"Cowards die a thousand deaths, the brave man... only 500?"
"Even if you can quote Balzac and Shakespeare and all them other high-falutin' Greeks."
"You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you are left with nothing but a
lot of empty yesterdays."
What Are They?
The dried, unripe berry of a climbing vine of the pepper family -
sometimes called tailed pepper. Cubebs used to be crushed and smoked in
pipes and cigarettes. Hence, cubebs are cigarettes containing the
Tailor-mades are machine made cigarettes. These came into existence
Sen-Sen was the Tic Tac of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Sen-Sen was
developed before the turn of the century by T.B. Dunn and Co., perfume
dealers. Hence, Sen-Sen was sold as a breath perfume. Sen-Sen can still
be purchased today.
Last week, you were asked what Shipoopi means. Did you get
it? From the very words to the song, Shipoopi means "the girl whose hard to get."
You were also asked who said, "Smite that devil and keep our young
boys pure?" It is said by Harold Hill during the intro dialogue to 76 Trombones.
Cream Social in River City!
We had almost 60 people descend upon Marble Slab Creamery last Tuesday
for a fun night of great ice cream. Cool.... oh yes.... very
‘Into The Woods’ a great show!
Congratulations to our Twilight Theatre brothers and sisters who performed in
Woods these last two weekends. What a great show!
The individual performances and intricacies of the music made for a
superior production. A
number of your castmates from The Music Man joined together to attend
Woods this past Friday night. Superb! Congrats to Director
Robbie Kirkland and the entire cast.
The River City Gazette is proud to show off your photos so send them to
Tony via email. And when you see the camera aimed at
you, smile! You never know where that photo will show up!
Marcellus Washburn—Harold Hill’s sidekick—was the name of the
manager of the Mason City B.F. Goodrich tire store in 1918.
Shinn’s (the wife of Mayor Shin) first name came from a high school
classmate of Willson’s named Eulalie Johnson.
Willson put Meredith Willson through the dreaded five-finger exercises on
the piano. This was recreated in The Music Man with Marian Paroo
teaching her student Amaryllis.
mother’s name was Lida, as was Rosalie’s favorite sister, Lida, who
lived in Topeka. The song "Lida Rose" was specifically inspired
by his mother and aunt.
prior to the "Lida Rose" number, Harold mentions a bassoon
player named Madame Rini. Rini was the name of Meredith Willson’s wife.
The character Tommy Djilas’ last name
came from a New York City Bulgarian delicatessen worker Willson knew.
The barbershop quartet in The Music
Man was based on a barbershop quartet in Mason City that Meredith
knew, called "The Rusty Hinges". Meredith himself was in a
barbershop quartet group.
grandfather Alonzo established the first public library in Mason City. And
his mother used to take him to the library on Saturday nights. Hence
Marian the librarian.