Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre Presents: The Music Man! (with giveaway!)

If you have been here before, you may be aware that we are a theatre family.

Proof: here and here

Though our family has taken the spring show off, the theatre group that has become family to us HAS NOT.

This May Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre is bringing us Music Man!

Oh… and no big deal but there are FOUR CASTS!!!

The Music Man

In fact our beloved Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre has gone even BIGGER and BETTER that EVER… Here’s the scoop via their recently released press release:

When Director Kerby Criss calls for Harold Hill, the title character of “The Music Man,” to come practice a scene, she gets not one, not two, not three, but four fellows hustling over to the rehearsal stage.

Four Harolds is exactly what you want when you’ve got four casts of “The Music Man,” as the Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre does this spring.

This is the first time the non-profit, all-volunteer community theater group, now in its 12th year, has divided its troupe into four casts. Criss calls it “one of the best moves we have ever made. Instead of squeezing 20 out of 116 kids into leading roles, we get to cast 80 deserving kids into leading roles,” she said.

Composed by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey and presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, “The Music Man” follows the escapades of smooth-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the residents of a small Midwestern town into buying instruments and uniforms for a band he promises — but doesn’t intend — to lead. His scheme unravels when he falls for the town piano teacher and librarian, Marian.

“The Music Man’ pretty much produces itself due to the beautifully executed flow of the script and music,” Criss said. The show was a Broadway hit in 1958, winning five Tony Awards, including best musical, and a Grammy for best original cast album. It takes place in Iowa in 1912 — exactly 100 years ago.

KCMT’s rendition features 116 youths ages 6 to 17 plus four dancers from InMotion Performing Arts Studio of Poulsbo. The casts are divided into two groups: A and B, mostly teen-agers, share one chorus; C and D, age 12 and younger, share a separate chorus. Distinguishing one cast from the next is a matter of height. The tallest Harold is 5-foot-9; the smallest, 4-foot-10.

To be exact, KCMT actually has five casts of “The Music Man.” To provide an outlet for KCMT alumni, the organization assembled an adult cast for one performance. Thirteen adults ages 22 to 52 will play some of the lead roles.

Criss said she hopes eventually to put on one alumni/adult show a year. “The parents make noises about wanting to perform,” she explained. “I know this is not only fun for the parents who would enjoy it, myself included, but it means a lot to the kids to be able to share the onstage experience with their parents.”

“The Music Man” plays at North Kitsap Auditorium, 1881 NE Hostmark St., Poulsbo.

Now. If you live locally… KCMT is offering one commenter here a set of 4 tickets to The Music Man! Please visit KCMT.org to find out cast performances and show times… there are lots to choose from! To enter for a chance to win, please leave a comment telling me the name of your favorite musical. Contest runs April 28 – 9 p.m. (PST) May 4th.

Update: Contest is closed and we have a winner!

winner!

Entry details!

  • Leave a comment sharing your favorite musical.
  • One entry per person
  • Winner chosen via random.org
  • You don’t HAVE to be local to win, but if you win and are not local… winner is responsible for own travel an accommodations.

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6 Responses to “Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre Presents: The Music Man! (with giveaway!)”

  1. Katie says:

    The Music Man has always been my favorite musical! I was so excited to see that KCMT was putting it on!

  2. Michelle W says:

    Annie is mine:) But my daughter’s is Music Man, hands down!
    We have never been to a show by KCMT!
    It would be great to attend.
    ~Michelle

  3. Liz says:

    My favorite is Phantom of the Opera:)

  4. Laura Craswell says:

    High School Musical!! <33

  5. Amy G says:

    I would have to say that my favorite is a three way tie between Mama Mia, Godspell, and Rent! I have never seen Music Man so this would be a great opportunity!

  6. Toni Nunley says:

    My favorite musical is Wicked!

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