Posted on July 08, 2016
The Music Man Junior ShowKit
By Meredith Wilson
Bring the magic of Broadway to your classroom and school theater with these student adaptations of classic Broadway musicals. Each of these treasured tales is teacher-tested, kid-friendly, and custom tailored for success.
The ShowKit includes all the resources you need for a successful production with easy suggestions for staging, costuming, and sets, making it a perfect opportunity for an all-school collaboration.
The vocal parts have been carefully adapted to be sung by unchanged or changed voices and the script and score have been custom-tailored to make the show appropriate for young performers through the ninth grade.
Upon placing your order, you will receive a Dramatic Performing Rights License from Hal Leonard Corporation which will allow your organization unlimited performing rights for one year.
Who is eligible to purchase this showkit?
All other organizations must order directly from Music Theater International (MTI).
Meredith Willson's The Music Man is one of Broadway’s most enduring shows. Set in Iowa, this enjoyable look at small-town U.S.A. and a bygone era follows fast-talking salesman Harold Hill as he cons the townspeople of River City into forming a boys’ band.
Cast of Characters:
Harold Hill is great role for a young person to play. An average singer, but a great actor with charisma and charm.
Marian Paroo starts as an uptight librarian and transforms into a beautiful young woman. Your Marian must have an amazing voice, and an air of confidence that draws Harold to her.
Charlie Cowell is an acting-only role requiring a bit of a ham with a good sense of comic timing.
Mayor Shinn does not have to sing or dance. Needs a good sense of comic timing BUT must perform the role very seriously.
Eulalie Shinn, played by a comic actress who can take the character seriously, will be hysterical to the audience.
Marcellus Washburn is featured in the big number "Shipoopi." He must act well, sing well (a character voice is best), and be able to dance.
Ethel is Marcellus’s girlfriend, described as "a nice comfortable girl."
Mrs. Paroo is the conscience of River City, and requires an actress who can perform with a good Irish brogue.
Winthrop requires a young actor with an unchanged voice able to affect a believable lisp.
Amaryllis is a role that demands a good actor, roughly the same size as Winthrop.
The School Board must be able to hold their parts in the brief a cappella portion of "Sincere."
Tommy Djilas, the 'hearthrob' of the show, needs to be able to act and dance with his love interest, Zaneeta.
Zaneeta Shinn should be played by the best female dancer in the show. Featured in "76 Trombones" and "Shipoopi," she must have chemistry with Tommy.
Gracie Shinn is traditionally the first soloist in "Wells Fargo Wagon." She is Zaneeta’s younger sister.
Pick-a-Little Ladies must be strong singers with a good sense of comedy.
Constable Locke is a quietly wise man who sees through Harold, but doesn’t seem to mind.
Conductor is loud and energetic, starts the show.
Townspeople, Salesmen, Band Members, Teen Dancers
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