"We got trouble...right here in River City"

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His 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.

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. 

Directed by Ron Knoll, with Choreography by Brenda Bennett, and under the Musical Direction of Ali Peters, we are very excited to once again present this musical theatre classic for Saskatoon audiences, complete with with a children’s ensemble.

June 14th to June 23rd, 2024
Remai Arts Centre

Auditions

Saskatoon Summer Players is looking for a Children and Teen Ensemble (Ages 8+) that can move, sing(as a group) and be part of an energetic, fun show!!!

The Auditions are this Saturday February 10th starting at 11:00 am  at the  “The Summer Players Studio” Unit #5- 1527 Ontario Ave. Saskatoon (Click Address for Map)

The auditions will be in slots roughly 30 minutes in duration and will include a singing portion and a movement/choreography portion. Artists will be seen in small groups. Ages 8 and up (Under 15 must be accompanied by guardian)

The Music Man will be presented June 14th to 23rd at the Remai Arts Centre (No Show June 17th)

Rehearsals will begin the week of March 12th and are generally 3 days a week. Evenings and Weekends.

Please send an email to [email protected] to book a slot.

***All Artists are required to be Saskatoon Summer Players members in order to participate in the production.***

Rehearsals: 

Rehearsals will be scheduled 3-4 times per week from mid-March through to the run of the show. Not all performers will be scheduled for every rehearsal, but attendance is important in order to develop this large of a production. 

2-3 Week Day rehearsals are generally from 7:00pm to 10:00 pm and 1 Weekend rehearsal is generally a 4 hour block between 10am and 5pm.

 

If you have questions please reach out to [email protected]

A separate notice will go out for Orchestra Members at a later date.

Cast of Characters

***NOTE: The Character descriptions below are from Music Theatre International and, as far as the creative team is concerned, much of the information (ie: the ages) are a suggestion not a rule***
Harold Hill
Our story’s unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F4 – Vocal range bottom: Ab2
Charlie Cowell
A traveling salesman who is on to Harold Hill’s schemes. Tirelessly attempts to prove to everyone the true con man behind Harold Hill.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 45
Mayor Shinn
A blustery politician who is all too “self-important.” Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.
Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 60
Ewart Dunlop
A member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude Dunlop.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: F5 – Vocal range bottom: F3
Oliver Hix
A baritone in the quartet formed by Hill. Oliver is married to Alma Hix.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: F4 – Vocal range bottom: B2
Jacey Squires
The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: C5 – Vocal range bottom: C3
Olin Britt
A citizen of River City and the bass of the quartet formed by Harold Hill.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: C4 – Vocal range bottom: F2
Marcellus Washburn
Harold’s chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A4 – Vocal range bottom: G2
Tommy Djilas
An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
Ensemble
Constable Locke, Newspaper Readers, River City Townspeople, Traveling Salesmen, etc.
 
Marian Paroo
The stuff town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill. Stuck up. Curious.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A5 – Vocal range bottom: G3
Mrs. Paroo
Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop.
Gender: Female
Age: 45 to 60
Vocal range top: Eb5 – Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn
Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: D5 – Vocal range bottom: D4
Alma Hix
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Oliver Hix.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 45
Maud Dunlop
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Ewart Dunlop.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 45
Ethel Toffelmier
A comical “Pick-a-Little Lady,” and Marcellus Washburn’s girlfriend.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 40
Mrs. Squires
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Jacey Squires.

Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 45 
Zaneeta Shinn
The Mayor’s fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times.
Gender: Female
Age: 14 to 18

Children
Amaryllis
A slightly bratty piano student of Marion Paroo.
Gender: Female
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range top: E5 – Vocal range bottom: C4
Winthrop Paroo
Marian’s baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.
Gender: Male
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range top: Eb5 – Vocal range bottom: C4
Children’s Ensemble
Various Children to play Townsfolk and “Boys Band”
Ages 8 to 17
 
 (These individuals will fall under our Child Performer Policy)

Creative Team

Director
Music Director
Choreographer
Vocal Coach
Stage Manager
Set Design
Lighting Design

Ron Knoll
Ali Peters
Brenda Bennett
Kylen Rioux
Nicole Kidder
Rick Boychuk
Cody Brayshaw

You must sign the CODE OF CONDUCT to be in an SSP production.

Feel free to review the AUDITION POLICY.

For info on Roles and Expectations, check out the PRODUCTION MANUAL.

The Board of SSP must adhere to the BOARD PRODUCTION ROLE POLICY.

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