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'Music Man' comes to Colton

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Colton High School Drama Club's production of 'The Music Man' opens Thursday, May 18, and runs through Saturday, May 20, at Colton High School

CINDY FAMA - Right here in river cityBe prepared to be completely charmed by the Colton High School Drama Club's production of "The Music Man." The cast has worked hard and it shows in flawless musical numbers, perfectly choreographed dance numbers and strong acting. The sets and costumes created by parents and students add to the "this is as good as any Broadway show I have seen" comment (The backstage crew gives a shout-out to the Molalla High School band department for lending band uniforms for the play).

"This is the best chorus I have heard in a very long time," local musician Don Newell said at intermission.

"I can't believe how good the barber shop quartet is," play attendee Ruth Nimrod said.

"We didn't know anything about barbershop music," Boon Bigonovich, barbershop quartet member, said," It isn't what I listen to, but it is really fun to sing."

CINDY FAMA - Barbershop quartet left to right Austin Carlisle, Boone Bigonovich, Cayse Teach and Nichola Bryant The story of "The Music Man," was first produced on Broadway in 1957. In it musical con artist Professor Harold Hill, (played to perfection, in the CHS production by Nick Davenport), poses as a band organizer prepared to "save the town." Harold even sells non-existent instruments and uniforms to the town's children. All goes according to Hill's plan until he becomes enamored with the town's librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo, played by Jalen Liles (first week) and Morgan Ackerman (second week).

"It is such an honor to work with these outstanding students with wonderful talent," director, Allan Bruner said. 'They have such a desire to do a great job and put in the effort and you can see it in their performances."

You can catch the show this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday ( May 18-20) doors opening at 7 p.m. and curtain time at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday, May 21, matinee with doors open at 2 p.m. and curtain at 2:30 p.m. Prices for tickets are adults-$7, students-$5, seniors-$4 and a family rate of $15.