Shaker High School’s spring musical production is excited to showcase another stage performance. Students who made it through the rigorous auditions will surely be buzzing around with the directors and crew during their hectic rehearsals for the next couple of months. They will enliven the stage with vibrant choreography and musical rhythms as the production incorporates the school’s orchestra and select members of the choir.
This year’s musical is “The Music Man,” based on the Broadway hit by Meredith Willson. The story revolves around Harold Hill, an itinerant salesman who poses as a band instructor to con people out of money from one town to another. The story takes a surprising twist when he falls in love with Marian Paroo, the River City librarian.
This cast consists of 47 high students and 14 elementary students. This is the first time that the musical has included elementary students. “The kids have to go through the audition by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with enthusiasm,” said Mrs. Amedio, one of the musical directors.
Junior Sean Morrissey enjoys portraying the lead character of Harold Hill, although he claims Hill’s personality is totally opposite to his. He is glad that he is able to transform himself. “I enjoy every part of what I get to do!” claims Sean.
Other Shaker students also seem very excited about the production. “It’s very rewarding,” said senior Sarah Kelly, who works with senior Carlene Daly as choreographer. “My favorite part is the show time!” The duo also takes special roles in the play.
Senior Mark Slavin claims singing “Wells Fargo Wagon” is his favorite part. “I like musicals because I love to sing,” says Mark.
Mrs. Jackson, the director, has been down this road before. She played the lead role of the main character, librarian Marian Paroo, many years ago. Asked why she chose this play over others, she smiled and said she thought this would be good for the whole family as the play depicts tradition and patriotism. “This has a much lighter tone compared to last year’s ‘West Side Story.’ I wanted to expose the students to different genres of musicals,” said Mrs. Jackson.