IF YOU GO
* What: “The Music Man.”
* When: 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday, April 1-2; 1 p.m. April 2.
* Where: Catoosa County Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga.
* Admission: $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $11 groups.
* Phone: 706-935-9000.
Harold Hill is the ultimate salesman, but he’s finally met someone who isn’t buying what he is selling. Or is she?
Such is the conflict in the classic musical “The Music Man,” which opens today at the Catoosa County Colonnade.
“Above all things,” said director J.C. Smith, whose Closed Door Entertainment company is producing the play, “he’s a through and through salesman.”
Whether Hill means by getting “his foot caught in the door” that he’s fallen for stubborn, educated Marian the librarian is left for the audience to interpret, he said.
Set in River City, Iowa, about 100 years ago, Meredith Willson’s musical includes numbers such as “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Till There Was You,” “Marian the Librarian” and “(Ya Got) Trouble.”
Smith said the numbers will have behind them one of the largest volunteer community orchestras (20 members) for theater troupes in the area.
He also has strong lead actors in Greg Jackson as Harold Hill and Megan Hartley as Marian Paroo, he said.
“Harold Hill is one of those characters who males who enjoy being an actor want to be,” Smith said. His character encompasses “every aspect of being an actor, from being the best salesman to falling in love to making up for his mistakes — the whole gamut of emotions and abilities.”
“And he has to sing everything from 27 words in 10 seconds to soft duet ballads,” he said.
Smith, in addition to the directorial duties he shares with Lora Ogden, is portraying one of the school board members, who double as a barbershop quartet.
The quartet, he said, is responsible for his favorite number in the show, “Lida Rose,” which it sings with Marian.
“It’s spectacular,” he said.
Smith said the cast of 27, the orchestra, the custom-made backdrops by home builder John Fava and the rented, bought or created costumes combine to offer a show that rises above what he said is essentially an amateur theater company.
“We strive for professionalism,” he said, “and we produce a professional-quality show. This is our season opener, and we pulled out a lot of stops. And this is [a show] any age, any person, any family can come and enjoy.”
Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...