Having performed several modern musicals recently, Milford High School’s Drama Club turns its attention to the classic Broadway show The Music Man.The Music Man tells the story of traveling con man Harold Hill, who comes to River City, Iowa, and convinces the residents to purchase instruments and uniforms from him in order to start a band. He plans to skip town as soon as he receives the money, but his plans are put on hold when he falls for a librarian who intends to expose him as a fraud.
Something about the small town of River City seems to resonate with Milford, as The Music Man has been a favorite at Milford High School. In fact, two current faculty members took part in past productions including Gretchen Pikus, whose daughter is in this year’s show, in 1985 and Maire Nauman in 2002. They both remember their experiences fondly and are looking forward to attending this production. When asked about the tradition of musicals at MHS, Mrs. Pikus said, “The first weekend of March is always musical weekend!” Mrs. Nauman added, “I will be singing and tapping my feet along with the actors as I watch the show.”
The drama club invites all members of those two former casts to join them on Saturday night for Alumni Night. At the close of the show, they would like to recognize these former cast members and invite them to join in on a song with the current cast.
This year’s production features students from across Milford School District, including twenty students from Milford High School, nine students from Milford Central Academy, and one student from Banneker Elementary. Director Carissa Meiklejohn says, “I am so happy that we can incorporate a variety of students and give them the opportunity to perform with us and show off their talents. I am very proud of our high school students for being leaders and role models for our younger students.”
Student performers include Toby Biro, Amire Collins, Annabelle Conte, Valeria Coverdale, Jessica Creigh, Mckenzie Crew, Emma Dehel, Ethan Dehel, Arianna Dill, Millisen Dill, Lauren Edwards, Jacob Elliot, Ciera Emich, Will Evans, Calvin Gillespie, Jerome Harris, Rebecca Hutchinson, Zoe Johnson, Brandon Morgan, Shannon O’Hara, Kieran Pheasant, Dylan Phillips, Emma Pikus, Chris Proetzel, Jenn Rust, Autumn Thompson, Paige Thompson, Herbert Tice, Silas Wheedleton, and Gabe White.
Performances will be held in the MHS auditorium on Thursday, March 3; Friday, March 4; and Saturday, March 5. All three evening shows will begin at 7:00 p.m. There will also be an afternoon matinee on Saturday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. $8 for 2-18 years old/60 or older; $10 for all others. A $1 discount will be given to those who bring a ticket stub from the Lions Club spaghetti dinner, which will be held from 4 to 7 on Saturday, March 5 in the MHS cafeteria.For additional information, individuals are encouraged to contact producer Erica Snyder at (302) 422-1610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.