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Clear Spring High School stages classic 'The Music Man'

Clear Spring High School stages classic 'The Music Man'

CLEAR SPRING — For three days this weekend, the Clear Spring High School stage will transform into turn-of-the-century River City, Iowa, for the spring production of “The Music Man.”

While the middle school performed “The Music Man Jr.” in 2005, this is the first time the school has put on the classic musical, according to Choral and Drama Director Beth Smith.

She said with the returning and new students available this year, the “timing just seemed right” to bring the story of traveling con man Harold Hill, played by Colby Halterman, to life.

“’The Music Man’ is always a favorite,” she said.

Opposite Halterman is senior Eliza Herndon as Marian Paroo, the town librarian and piano teacher who sees through Hill’s lies and falls for him.

Eliza Herndon, left, plays Marian Paroo and Brianna Price plays Amaryllis, together they sing "Goodnight My Someone" in Clear Spring High School's upcoming production of "The Music Man." (Photo by Colleen McGrath)

“Being Marian has been such a fun experience. It’s been a test of character: the perfect blend of snootiness, good posture, composure, and falling head over heels for Harold Hill,” Herndon said. “The songs are surprisingly artistic, and it’s definitely been a challenge, but a fun challenge.

“The experience and friendships I’ve gained during this musical can’t be described in words. Everyday I’m grateful for what we, as a cast, have conquered,” she said.

With a cast of around 30 students and adults, Smith said it’s one of the largest productions the school has undertaken in several years.

Rehearsals began in January.

“They’re all very excited,” Smith said. “This is the most prepared we’ve been in a awhile. We have a strong cast of kids.”

But it isn’t just the drama students who have been working to march all 76 trombones across the stage — the art and agricultural departments have helped put together the sets.

“Every time we decide to do a musical at Clear Spring, it’s a little ambitious,” Smith said. “It becomes a whole-school project.”

The cast for Clear Spring High School’s production of “The Music Man” performs “Iowa Stubborn” during dress rehearsal Tuesday. (Photo by Colleen McGrath)

The show will also feature live music provided by a combination of student musicians, community volunteers and paid performers.

While not exactly like the 1962 movie version starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones, Smith said the family-friendly show is very similar and a great way to kick off spring.

“It’s a fresh production of a classic tale,” she said.

Friday there will be a sneak peek of some of the songs for students.

Full performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at 12630 Broadfording Road. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students, seniors and those in the military, and will be available at the door or by calling 301-766-8082.

Top photo: Colby Halterman (Harold Hill) sings "Seventy-Six Trombones" during the dress rehearsal for Clear Spring High School's upcoming production of "The Music Man." (Photo by Colleen McGrath)

If you go ...

WHAT: "The Music Man" 
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14
WHERE: Clear Spring High School, 12630 Broadfording Road, Clear Spring
COST: $10; $8 for seniors, military and students 
CONTACT: For tickets, call 301-766-8082


  • Harold Hill...Colby Halterman
  • Marian Paroo...Eliza Herndon
  • Marcellus Washburn...Kamiron Miller
  • Mrs. Paroo...Emma Schnebly
  • Winthrop Paroo...Dean Edwards
  • Amaryllis...Brianna Price
  • Mayor Shinn...Ethan Weaver
  • Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn...Raven Cook
  • Tommy Djilas...Josh Wagner
  • Zaneeta Shinn...Zoey Breakall
  • Gracie Shinn...Amy Santealla
  • Jacey Squires...Josh Wagner
  • Ewart Dunlop...J.J. Martin
  • Olin Britt...Ron Kline
  • Oliver Hix...Casey Strunk
  • Ethel Toffelmier...Brook Mills
  • Mrs. Squires...Mychaela Roth
  • Alma Hix...Maggie Possinger
  • Maud Dunlop...Autumn Osborne
  • Charlie Cowell...Nick Donaldson
  • Constable Locke...Luke Rigney
  • Ensemble...Jennie Jaworski, Marisa Horst, Shyanne Thompson, Rachael Mullins, Delaney Cromwell, Darby Johnson, Noah Heines

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