Cedar Summerstock Brings ‘The Music Man’ to Mitchell County

Anna Peterson as Marian Paroo and Davis Cowart as Professor Harold Hill. (EJ Photo/Alex Schmidt)

Cedar Summerstock Brings ‘Music Man’ to Mitchell County

The Cedar Summerstock Theater Company this weekend staged a spectacular rendition of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man, which will conclude it’s run Sunday after another weekend’s worth of dazzling performances by the company at the Cedar River Complex in Osage.

Weeks of rehearsal, hard work and preparation for the show at South Square Community Center in St. Ansgar has culminated in an outstanding production of the classic musical, penned by Mason City native Meredith Wilson.

(L to R) Xavier Patterson, Davis Brinker, Parker Wall, in the Cedar Summerstock Theater’s production of The Music Man (EJ Photo/Alex Schmidt)

The cast astounds their audience with their spot-on vocal performances, stunning period costumes and terrific onstage chemistry, while the production is rounded out by full instrumentation and extraordinary onstage visuals, bringing to life the fictional small Iowa town of River City 1910, and the story of when Professor Harold Hill (Davis Cowart) strolled into town with his suitcase to strike up a boy’s band, and ended up striking a far different chord with the townsfolk, and the town’s librarian, Marion (Anna Peterson) in particular.

Davis Cowart as Harold Hill serenades Anna Peterson’s Marian Paroo during the number ‘Marian the Librarian’ during the Cedar Summerstock Theater’s Production ‘The Music Man’ (EJ Photo/Alex Schmidt)

The Music Man, the third show staged this summer by the troupe of collegiate theater students, also sees the inclusion of local young talent from all over Mitchell County, with more than fifteen actors ranging in age from six to sixteen rounding out the cast. Bringing professionals together to work with community talent is integral for the program to help everyone gain valuable working experience in the performance arts, according to  Nancy Nickerson Lee, Managing Director for Cedar Summerstock.

David O’Connell performs ‘Shipopi’ in the Cedar Summerstock Theater’s Production of ‘The Music Man’ (EJ Photo/Alex Schmidt)

Lee has staged many shows in her 20-year career as a theater educator, but hasn’t until now directed the most popular Iowa musical, written just 30 miles down the road from her hometown. Lee says the best comments she can hear are from the skeptical theater-goers. “The people who come up and say that theater isn’t their cup of tea, but they gave the show a chance, enjoyed every minute of it and walked away whistling the tunes.”

The Music Man’s final shows are as follows: Thursday August 3 at 7:00 PM, Friday August 4 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Saturday August 5 at 7:00 PM, and finally Sunday August 6 at 2:00 PM. The Cedar Summerstock’s last engagement, “The Best of Broadway Revue” will feature Broadway classics and show tunes from past and present packed into one show-stopping medley of hits that all will enjoy. Tickets are available at the South Square Building, Focus Insurance, at the Cedar River Complex, or by visiting cedarsummerstock.org

The cast of the Cedar Summerstock Theater’s production ‘The Music Man’, which will conclude it’s run on August 6 at the Cedar River Complex. (EJ Photo/Alex Schmidt)

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