5/15 The Music Man at Backstage


Summit County’s theatre for the community, the Backstage Theatre, announces auditions for its Labor Day production of The Music Man.

The Music Man is the classic Meredith Willson musical about fast talking con man, Harold Hill, who arrives in River City, Iowa to try and convince the residents to buy (non-existent) uniforms and instruments for a boy’s band. Once there, he meets and instantly falls for local librarian, Marion Paroo. Soon, Hill’s charisma starts to transforms the citizens of the town as Marion’s charms begin to transform Harold Hill himself. With terrific songs such as “Till There Was You,” “Gary, Indiana” and “76 Trombones,” The Music Man is an affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era.

Auditions will be conducted at the Breckenridge Theatre on Sunday, May 15 from 1 PM to 4 PM & 6 PM to 8 PM and on Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17 from 6 PM to 8 PM. Bring headshot and resume (if you have either). Auditionees will sing a selection from the show – either “Gary, Indiana” or “76 Trombones” – so be familiar with these songs. Accompaniment will be provided. You will also be asked to cold read from the script. You may be asked to dance a small combination, so please wear comfortable clothes to move in. There are non- singing parts in the show. All roles available to be cast. Seeking ages 7 and up. Families especially encouraged to audition. The show will begin rehearsals in July and be primarily on weekends. Tech week is August 28 thru September 1. Performances are September 2 thru 4 at the Riverwalk Center Amphitheater in Breckenridge.
The Music Man will be directed by Christopher Willard (R&H’s Cinderella). Music Direction is by Mary Dailey (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). Choreography is by Kelly Monahon (The Fantasticks). Orchestra tracks are by Donna Debreceni (The Wizard of Oz). The Music Man is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

To book an audition, please call 970.453.0199.
For more information, or details on The Backstage Theatre’s current season, visit



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