“You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.”
- Prof. Harold Hill from Meredith Willson’s The Music Man
Hard to believe how fast January is flying by - it felt like we just started audition workshops and auditions for the spring musical and here we are getting ready to begin rehearsals!
Everyone at ALCS is excited about our spring musical this year! Why? It’s the iconic Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man!! What a beloved show . . . wonderful story, wonderful music, and – of course – a real live boys’ band!
[personal note: for the sake of total transparency, I must note the following - I absolutely ADORE Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man!! If you haven’t seen it live or at least one of the movie versions, I would highly encourage you to do so. My favorite version is the Robert Preston/Shirley Jones version from 1962, but the Matthew Broderick/Kristen Chenoweth version from 2003 is good as well. Don’t miss the fun of River City, Iowa, and its colorful citizens (oh how I laugh when Mrs. Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn and Mayor Shinn are on stage) along with the wonderful songs like “Seventy Six Trombones,” “Ya Got Trouble (Right Here in River City),” “Goodnight, My Someone,” “Pick-a-Litte, Talk-a-Little,” “Marian the Librarian,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Shipoopi,” and “Gary, Indiana.” This show has it all . . . laughs, fun, spirit, romance, and a sweet lesson about love’s redemptive power; it won’t change your world, but it will certainly lighten the burden of it for one night. Come join us in River City for fun!]
Our directors – Pastor Sarah Karlen and Mrs. Carmen Risi – were hoping to generate enough interest to fill some 30 roles. They had 65 students attend auditions! Wow!! Happily, they were able to work with the number of roles and were able to cast almost everyone. We are truly blessed to have so much talent and so much interest in drama here at ALCS.
We are also excited to let you know that for this year’s musical we have partnered with the FLAME Home school Group (Families Learning Art and Music Education). We look forward to building this relationship with FLAME to enhance the education and social network of both our students and theirs. We are happy to have some FLAME students joining us for the spring musical.
Save the date: April 19 – 21 for Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man!
Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man Cast List
Jordan Rockwell – Prof. Harold Hill
Kaitlyn Schleif – Marian Paroo
Estie Smith – Mrs. Paroo
Caleb Benjamin – Winthrop Paroo
Dylan Rockwell – Marcellus Washburn
Alex Wetzel – Mayor Shinn
Charissa Wright – Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn (Mayor’s Wife)
Katelyn Gabrielse – Zaneeta Shinn
Madelyn Sedevie – Gracie Shinn
Matt Woodard – Jacey Squires (Quartet – Tenor), Salesman #3
Jacob Berggren – Ewart Dunlap (Quartet – Baritone), Salesman #5
Nathan Feest – Oliver Hix (Quartet – Baritone), Salesman #1
Joseph Berggren – Olin Britt (Quartet – Bass), Salesman #4
Mara Floeter – Alma Hix (Pick-a-little/Oliver’s Wife)
Mariah Kromanaker – Ethel Toffelmeier (Pick-a-little/Pianola Girl/Marcellus’ Girlfriend)
Justina Rinzel – Maud Dunlap (Pick-a-little/Ewart’s Wife)
Emily Rockwell – Mrs. Squires (Pick-a-little/Jacey’s Wife)
Andy Cashman –Tommy Dijlas
Alexis Okas – Amaryllis
Joseph Wetzel – Charlie Cowell (Anvil Salesman)
David Gilmore – Constable Locke/Salesman #2/Wells Fargo Soloist
Nathan Pokrandt – Newspaper Reader #1/Farmer/Townsperson
Eric Simle – Newspaper Reader #2/Townsperson
Karissa Berggren Audra Cashman
Abigail Chapin Lydia Delikat
Brittany Gerry Bethany Highman
Sarah Larson Jessica Pokrandt
River City Teens:
Ashlen Chapin Myra Delikat
Elise Emerson Genevieve Feest
Ashton Florence Luke Kowald
Kelsey Pokrandt Isabelle Politowicz
Taylor Thompson Ariel Verbeten
River City Kids:
Annalise Benjamin Teagan Emerson
Rylee Gaber Anya Halverson
Kyle Hefner Caleb Gerry
Ryan Guest Ben Marthaler
Cami Marthaler Noah Okas
Tricia Shane Elizabeth Ulma
Congratulations to all who were cast and thank you to all who auditioned!
We can’t wait to see you at the Abundant Life Christian School’s rendition of
Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man!!