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    Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” gives a nod to the Grant Wood painting “American Gothic” as the cast of the Great River Players musical performs “Iowa Stubborn.” In the foreground from left are Bill Carr, Julie O’Connor, Mike O’Connor and Isaiah Hartweg.   

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 10:58 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Fri May 3, 2013.

“You’ve got trouble right here in River City,” as “The Music Man” marches into Keokuk and onto the Grand Theatre stage this weekend.

Great River Players of Keokuk will present the musical about a small Iowa town turned upside down by fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill, who poses as a music professor.

Hill warns the town’s wholesome families that a vice-filled pool hall will open soon in their fair village, and he offers to start a boys’ band that will keep young men out of trouble. The townspeople are persuaded to buy instruments and uniforms.

What they don’t know is that Hill can’t tell a trombone from a treble clef.

Hill’s plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

The show is led by Director Christal Lewiston, Musical Director Brad Culpepper, Choreographer Shelley Carr and Youth Director Chantel Hawkins.

The cast consists of Jesse Henoch as Professor Hill, Audra Phillips as Marian Paroo, Cory Kendall as Marcellus Washburn, Ken Anderson as Mayor George Shinn, Shelley Carr as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Bobbi Lutzen as Mrs. Paroo, Tommy Allen as Winthrop Paroo, Sam Grow as Tommy Djilas, Callie Nason as Amaryllis, Brad Culpepper as Olin Britt, Doug Reed as Oliver Hix, Connie Marlin as Alma Hix, Charlie Hayner as Jacey Squires, Nettie Dennis as Mrs. Squires, Alan Alexander as Ewart Dunlop, Anne Pietscher as Maud Dunlop, Hawkins as Ethel Toffelmier, Chuck Betts as Charlie Cowell, Sara Miner as Zaneeta Shinn, Randy Whitaker as Constable Locke, Brooklyn Finch as Gracie Shinn and Ned Casady as the band conductor.

The farmer and his wife are played by Mike and Julie O’Connor.

Salesmen are portrayed by Alex Culpepper, Loren Harrison, Hayner, Reed and Whitaker.

Bill Carr and Isaiah Hartweg play the workmen.

“Pick-a-Little” ladies include Pam Anderson, Shelley Carr, Dennis, Kathy Gabel, Hawkins, Catie Henoch, Marlin, Pat McMillen, Jennifer Nason and Pietscher.

The Wa Tan Ye girls are Finch, Janaya Hofmeister, Joella Hofmeister, Caia Nason, Callie Nason and Darby Tackes.

Boys’ band members include Allen, Jaydon Anderson, Jordon Anderson, Karston Cole, Brady Finch, Dyllan Grow, Sam Grow, Joel Johnston and Tres Merydith.

The children’s ensemble consists of Jaydon Anderson, Jordon Anderson, Brady Finch, Dyllan Grow, Riley Herr, Janaya Hofmeister, Joella Hofmeister, Johnston, Merydith, Caia Nason, Madeline Reinig, Abigail Smith and Tackes.

The teen ensemble includes Alex Anderson, Angie Cluff, Cole, Jonah Diaz, Belle Frese, Mackenzie Hawkins, Alyssa Hemann, Jessica Hofmeister, Julia Hofmeister, Caitlyn Nason, Carlin Reinigh, Laura Schmitt and Joley Seitz.

Adult ensemble members are Audrey Alexander, Pam Anderson, Casady, Gabel, Harrison, Catie Henoch, Cristina Lopez, Marlin, McMillen, Jennifer Nason, Almeda Niederschulte, Julie O’Connor, Mike O’Connor and Bonnie Pflug.

Orchestra director is Alex Culpepper. Orchestra members include Glenna Eagan, piano; Laura Reed and Dave Coovert, clarinet; Tom Crenshaw and Sam Strange, trombone; Damon Cackley and Ben Moser, trumpet; Craig Bullis, soprano saxophone; Shaina Nelson, bassoon; Tiffany Hildebrand, flute; Lewiston, bass; and Eric Bartholomew, percussion.

The crew includes Diana Kraus, production manager and stage manager; Deisy Harrington and Liza Alton, costuming; Alexis Anderson and Pam Anderson, seamstresses; Scott Whitehouse, Shannon Tackes, Fallon Tackes and Sue Scott, makeup and hair; Bronson Bybee, sound; Betts and Shelley Carr, light board setup; Pat Kemp and Laura Harmon, light board operators; Mike Scott, spotlight operator; Bill Carr, set construction; Catie Henoch, set artist; Bill Carr, Hartweg and cast, stage crew; Hartweg, fly; and Sarah Vigen, house manager.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Theatre, 26 N. Sixth St., Keokuk.

Tickets are on sale from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the theater box office. The cost is $12 per ticket. A $5 balcony seating special is available to students attending the Sunday performance.

“The Music Man” is based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey. The book, music and lyrics were written by Willson.

The show is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, New York.          

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