On Sale to FLEX – June 29, 2020
On Sale to the Public – July 6, 2020
(please note that a performance may only be available digitally)


WINNER! Six Tony Awards

Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best — a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter! Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story 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 he vows to organize. The catch? 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, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

Performance window: Friday, July 24, 2020 – Sunday, July 26, 2020
Location: Stage Center Studios, 5300 Barksdale Blvd.

Book, Music & Lyrics | MEREDITH WILLSON

POTENTIAL Schedule (A performance may only be available digitally):
FRIDAY | JULY 24 | 6:00PM
SATURDAYJULY 25 | 2:00PM & 5:00PM

Tickets: On Sale to the Public – July 6, 2020
All Tickets: $15.

Direction & Choreography | MADDISON GILCREASE
Musical Direction & Scenic Design | AIDEN POLING
Lighting Design | SAMUEL COPELAND
Costume Design | JARED WATSON
Sound Design | BRYAN GRISHAM

2020 For Kids By Kids Summer Camp Adventure
Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN (Junior Edition)

Who: All students ages 8 to 16 are invited to enroll online, regardless of experience level.
How: Enroll HERE any time starting Monday, June 8 through Monday, June 29, 2020 (where you could enroll in person, if preferred.) Once we receive your online enrollment, you will receive an invoice for tuition via email. Upon payment, your enrollment will be considered complete, and you will receive a second email confirmation.
Where: The final enrollment day of June 29, and all rehearsals will take place at Stage Center Studios in SoBo, 5300 Barksdale Blvd., STE D, We may move to an alternate location to perform depending on what the health situation and availability is at that time.
Cost: $364.00 tuition due no later than June 29, 2020. Payment options & scholarships may be available – Contact us for more information.
(There is NO costume fee as students will wear their camp shirt, which is included in their tuition. Additionally, there will be no fee for buying or selling program ads.)
Auditions – All enrolled students ages 9-16 will need to prepare 32 bars (roughly 45 seconds) of a musical theater song, and you may sing from the show! Enrolled students ages 6-8 do not need to prepare anything, as they will be taught a short song and dance to perform in small groups during the audition. You will receive a second confirmation email once your invoice is paid with your audition appointment window, starting at 10:00AM and go in order of payments received.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON OUR CORE VALUES: Before enrolling in our summer camp, please consider the following…
**You are agreeing to commit your child to the camp’s production and schedule. At Stage Center’s SOPA we believe that a good process begets a good product. Every enrolled student will be required to audition as a part of this process. The audition is for the instructors to assess each student’s abilities and vocal/physical type so that they can be placed in the role that best serves the production and our educational goals. We do not cast based on seniority within the company, nor do we pre-cast any role on student productions. The cast list will not be posted prior to the start of camp. All students interested in our productions and camps are taught to show up with open minds and hearts, eager to have a life-enriching experience. We are not interested in working with students and families who are only seeking leading or featured roles. We teach that theater is about an ensemble coming together to tell a story, and every person involved has a vital role for it’s success. We do not allow ANY CONFLICTS DURING SUMMER CAMP. We ask that you check below for dates and times before enrolling, so that there will be no last-minute hiccups/absences. If you are unsure about some conflicts with our schedule, please feel free to ask us so we can help you decide if it’s realistically something you have time to make such a big commitment to. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED TO STUDENTS WHO WITHDRAW AFTER COMPLETING ENROLLMENT.

A detailed schedule/call sheet will not be issued as all kids are called for the duration of camp.
NO CONFLICTS are allowed during contract. With only two weeks, we are not able to work around individual schedules.

OVERVIEW SCHEDULE FOR Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN (Junior Edition)
Open Enrollment – June 8 – June 29, 2020
Audition day for enrolled students only – Monday, June 29, 2020 at 5:30PM
Callbacks (if needed) – Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 5:30PM
*Mandatory Parent Orientation – July 11, 2020 at 10:00AM

REHEARSALS (Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-3:00PM)
WK1 July 13-17
WK2 July 20-24

Fri, July 24 (5:00 CALL| 6:00 GO – Performance #1)
Sat, July 25 (1:00 CALL | 2:00 GO – Performance #2)
(4:00 CALL | 5:00 GO – PERFORMANCE #3)
Sun, July 26 (1:00 CALL | 2:00 GO – Performance #4 – followed by Strike/Load-out)

**At Stage Center, the health and safety of our students is top priority, so we have installed an air ionization system and will limit the number of students per section. We will employ social distancing and will be diligent with the practice of sanitation both of our space and our students. Hand washing and hand sanitizer will be used frequently. Students may wear masks. Any student with any COVID-like symptoms will be asked to not attend camp.

“Musical comedy at its feel-good best”– The New York Times
“A theatrical slice of cherry pie that both sends up and pays tribute to the old-fashioned manners and mores of small-town America” – Variety
“Attending the Ice Cream Sociable that is The Music Man is one of the finest ideas of the summer” – Newcity Stage


ENROLLMENT will be open from June 8-June 20, 2020.
The following roles will be cast at our audition workshop for enrolled students on June 20 & 21:

Harold Hill
Harold Hill is a great role for a young person to play. Select a boy with charisma and charm, who is comfortable on stage. He should be a great actor, an average singer, and an average mover. You’ll also want to cast a boy with a changed voice. For your sanity, make sure you cast someone who memorizes lines easily and has a good sense of musical rhythm. Your Harold should look good with your Marian and the two together should exude a spark of excitement.
Gender: male Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: B3

Marian Paroo
The role of Marian is a different twist on the traditional leading lady. The character progresses greatly during the show, starting as an uptight librarian and transforming into a beautiful and trusting young woman. Your Marian must have an amazing voice, be an excellent actor, and be able to move well. She must also have an air of confidence that draws Harold and your audience to her. She will also need to be comfortable kissing two boys-Harold and Charlie Cowell, which requires a certain amount of emotional maturity. Finally, take some time during auditions to try different pairs of Harolds and Marians until you reach the perfect match. Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Charlie Cowell
Charlie Cowell is one of the premium acting-only roles. Consider having the actor playing Charlie perform in the ensemble or as a teen dancer or townsperson-just make sure it’s clear he’s NOT playing Charlie Cowell in those scenes. Cast a strong actor with a good loud voice who is a bit of a ham and likes being on the stage. He has to be comfortable kissing Marian, and should have a good sense of comic timing. Charlie is a good choice for an understudy to Harold Hill. Gender: male

Mayor Shinn
You may be tempted to cast an “over-the-top” actor as Mayor Shinn, but resist and heed the warning of Meredith Willson. The actor playing Mayor Shinn certainly needs a good sense of comic timing, but should be able to perform the role very seriously. This is elemental in creating the humor of The Music Man JR., which is based in reality. Mayor Shinn does not have to sing or dance, but he is responsible for a great deal of the pacing and line pick up in the show. Make sure your actor can memorize long monologues. Gender: male

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn
Everybody wants to play Eulalie. It’s a great role for a great comic actress. Again heed Mr. Willson’s warning and avoid casting an actress who is over the top. If Eulalie takes herself seriously your audience will find her hysterical. Eulalie does have some singing and some dancing, or at least posing. Make sure your Eulalie works with your Mayor Shinn. Gender: female Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: D4

Marcellus Washburn
This classic sidekick to Harold has been immortalized by comedic greats like Buddy Hacket. Marcellus’ big number is “Shipoopi” so the character has to act well, sing reasonably well (although a character voice is best) and be able to dance. Cast the kid who is just funny all the time and you’ll have a great Marcellus. Gender: male Vocal range top: D#5 Vocal range bottom: E4

Ethel Toffelmier
Ethel is Marcellus’s girlfriend. She’s described by Marcellus as “a nice comfortable girl and the bosses’ niece.” Ethel has some acting, some singing, and some dancing. Ethel is also one of the solo Pick-a-Little ladies. Make sure she and Marcellus look good together, think Ethel and Fred from I Love Lucy! Gender: female
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: D4

Mrs. Paroo
Mrs. Paroo is the conscience of River City. She is a great mother, stands up for what she believes in, and gently pushes Marian to think of her future. The role requires an actress who can do a good Irish Brogue, and who can sing and act. She should also look right with Marian and Winthrop. Gender: female
Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: -1

Winthrop Paroo
Winthrop should appear to be young, his voice must be unchanged and he should be a good actor. Winthrop also needs to be able to affect a believable lisp. Winthrop has to transform from a shy child to an outspoken child who not only sings but dances! Gender: male Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: C4

Amaryllis is the slightly bratty girl who studies piano with Marian. Amaryllis should be a good actor, and roughly the same size as Winthrop and Gracie. Just who are Amaryllis’ parents is one of the great mysteries of The Music Man JR. and something for you to decide. Gender: female

Ewart Dunlop
Ewart is one of the four quartet members with the second highest voice or tenor. He is married to Maud Dunlop. Cast singers who can hold their own vocal parts strongly and worry about the acting later. Gender: male Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: E4

Oliver Hix
Oliver is one of the four quartet members with the second lowest voice or baritone. He is married to Alma Hix. Cast singers who can hold their own vocal parts strongly and worry about the acting later. Gender: male Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: E4

Jacey Squires
Jacey is one of the four quartet members with the highest voice or tenor. He is married to Mrs. Squires. Cast singers who can hold their own vocal parts strongly and worry about the acting later. Gender: male Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: B3

Olin Britt
Olin is one of the four quartet members with the lowest voice or bass. Cast singers who can hold their own vocal parts strongly and worry about the acting later. Gender: male Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Tommy Djilas
Tommy is the teen heartthrob in the show. Cast the best looking kid you have; with any luck he’ll also be able to act and dance. Tommy’s love interest is Zaneeta so make sure the two characters have chemistry between them. Gender: male

Zaneeta Shinn
Zaneeta should be your best female dancer. The role is often given dance features in both “76 trombones” and “Shipoopi”. Zaneeta also should look like she belongs in the Shinn Family, although this is not necessary. Zaneeta gets to deliver the classic “Ye gads” line! Gender: female

Gracie Shinn
Gracie is Zaneeta’s little sister. This role has one or two lines of dialogue and traditionally is the first soloist in “Wells Fargo Wagon.” Gracie can also understudy Amaryllis in case of an emergency. Gender: female Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: B3

Alma Hix
One of the core members of the Pick-a-little ladies, requiring girls with strong voices and a good sense of comedy. Alma is married to Oliver. You can also add additional Pick-a-little ladies. Gender: female Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: D4

Maud Dunlop
One of the core members of the Pick-a-little ladies, requiring girls with strong voices and a good sense of comedy. Maud is married to Ewart. You can also add additional Pick-a-little ladies. Gender: female Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: D4

Mrs. Squires
One of the core members of the Pick-a-little ladies, requiring girls with strong voices and a good sense of comedy. Mrs. Squires is married to Jacey. You can also add additional Pick-a-little ladies. Gender: female Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: D4

The conductor has the first line in the show, so cast an actor that is loud and energetic! Gender: male

Constable Locke
The Constable is a quietly wise man who sees through Harold, but doesn’t seem to mind. It’s a nice feature for any young character actor. Gender: male

The Ensemble is comprised of Adult-types, teens and kids to play townspeople, traveling salesmen, teen dancers, Wa Tan Ye girls and the boys’ band. Can accommodate additional Pick-a-little ladies Gender: any

For some reason, some kids just read on stage as adults. You’ll recognize this quality by comparing kids. Since THE MUSIC MAN JR. is about a town, you’ll want to assign your cast into family units. Try to create a realistic town with married folks, single folks, etc. If you have an abundance of girls, cast a few as widows. Ask each family to create a family history, including details of their lives. By doing this you will create an ensemble that is engaged and energized and this will greatly add to the quality of your production! The adults have a few lines (which you can distribute while blocking the scenes.) They also have some solo vocal lines. You’ll also want to select the Farmer and His Wife from this group. Gender: any

Traveling Salesmen
You’ll want to cast several good actors to play traveling salesmen, especially salesmen number five, number three, and number one. If you find it necessary to cast girls as traveling salesmen make sure they play the roles as men. Gender: any

Teen Dancers
Create a group of teen dancers by selecting your best dancers. The Teen Dancers will be responsible for “Shipoopi,” and have features in “76 Trombones.” Make sure each Teen Dancer is assigned to a family to create the illusion of a real town. Gender: any

Wa Tan Ye Girls
All of your little girls can play Wa Tan Ye Girls. They are featured during Eulalie’s “Spectacle” just prior to “76 Trombones.” Again assign them to families. Gender: female

Boys’ Band
All of your little boys can be in the Boys’ Band provided you have enough uniforms. The Boys’ Band has two main features: “76 Trombones” and the finale of the show. Make sure the boys are a part of a family. Gender: any