a difference a week makes. And what a difference some dancing
makes! Great job singers and dancers, and a big thank you to
choreographer Reagan Jackson, music director Barbara Zellner, and director
Dana Spears. The play is quickly taking shape. Be prepared to
get into character and focus on results in the weeks to come.
When you aren't performing, be ready to help with set construction.
The Week Ahead
At The Fred and at 6 PM SHARP!
Monday - Act 1 with orchestra
Tuesday - Act 2 with orchestra
Thursday - Acts 1 & 2 with orchestra
"Look mom, no hands!"
We're off-book this week so study those lines tonight! Bring your
script to turn it in tomorrow.
Thanks Mom and Dad!
This past week saw a lot of fun as the cast enjoyed a great cook-out on
the set. "Them folks in River City can eat!" Thanks to all
the moms and dads who contributed food, and a very special THANK YOU to
Colleen Adams for coordinating the event!
Pizza Party on Tuesday
Don't miss out on the fun and food
this Tuesday as we enjoy "pizza night" at the Fred.
For just $2 per person, you can enjoy pizza and soft drinks. We will
eat after rehearsal.
Don't forget the $.
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn
~ Diane Darling ~
Harold Hill was misquoting Shakespeare when he said, "Cowards die
a thousand deaths, brave men.... 500!" It is usually
quoted as "Cowards die a thousand deaths, the brave man just
once." The actual quote comes from Shakespeare's Julius
Caesar II and is:
"Cowards die many times
before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear;
seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come."
The other two quotes are by Mrs. Paroo and Harold Hill.
many years of the writing there was a character of a disabled/ spastic
child in a wheelchair. The producers, and Meredith Willson himself, were
never completely happy with this character, and it was nearly abandoned
entirely. Meredith had written one of the children to sing one line of
"Wells Fargo" with a lisp, and one day, just a few months before
the show opened, he suddenly got the idea to change the character of the
child in the wheelchair to what became Winthrop the lisper.
Holder for a Piccolo Player
a couple of scenes in "The Music Man" where Harold Hill keeps
Tommy Djilas busy inventing a way for a piccolo player to be able to read
music while playing. The way this played out in the show is identical to
the real-life experience Meredith had himself as a young man with a Mr.
Bushgens, who owned a harness shop in Mason City. In 1915 he fiddled with
ways to make music readable to a piccolo player. One was an elaborate
breastplate affair that tied in the back with several laces. Swooping out
from the breastplate was a curved arm and soldered onto this a lyre to
music. Willson strapped it on and tried it at a rehearsal but as
he marched it bobbed
and the music came right out of the lyre. Then he
tried an upright lyre
on a wide leather
buckle around the upper left
biceps. But this cut off
Meredith’s circulation and his left arm and
fingers went numb.
The River City Gazette continues to "inspire and amaze" cast and
crew with a huge assortment of rehearsal photos. Thanks to all
contributors. Due to scheduling conflicts and union regulations, the
next week will be the last opportunity to publish your cast photos.
You are encouraged to get them in now. Right now.
I heard you
was in steam automobiles.
Harold Hill: I was.
Marcellus Washburn: What happened?
Harold Hill: Somebody actually invented one.