Anonymous writes "Take a trip to River City Iowa this summer in the Fort Atkinson Community Theatre's (FACT) production of "Meredith Willson's The Music Man." This Broadway classic tells the story of the charming con man Harold Hill, Marion Paroo, and the colorful townspeople of River City. "The Music Man," features a hilarious cast of characters and beloved songs, including "Seventy Six Trombones," "Till there was you," and many more. Auditions were held recently and FACT is excited to announce the cast and crew of this summer's production
Leading the cast
as Professor Harold Hill, is veteran FACT performer Scott Vechinsky, and joining him in the role of Marion Paroo is Nicole McCarty. Playing Marion’s
mother Mrs. Paroo and brother Winthrop are Kim Stachowiak and Toby Weisensel. Taking
on the role of Harold’s friend Marcellus Washburn will be Thomas McDonald. Rich
Vurva joins the cast as Mayor Shinn, and portraying the rest of the Shinn
family are Amy Nelson as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Hope O’Reilly as Zaneeta
Shinn, and Halie Kapelke as Gracie Shinn.
Town trouble maker Tommy Djilas will
be played by Nathan Kozak, and young Amaryllis will be played by Farah Stuebs.
The River City School Board & Barbershop Quartet will
be Chris Buckingham-Taylor as Jacey Squires, Nate Erb as Ewart Dunlap, Tim
Stachowiak as Oliver Hix, and Jeremy Winters as Olin Britt. Joining the cast as
Eulalie’s band of Pick-A-Little Ladies are Danielle Moser as Ethel Toffelmier,
Payton Thompson as Mrs. Squires, Mary Beth Klietz as Maud Dunlop, Alyssa DeJong
as Alma Hix, and Jill Winters as Mrs. Brit. Paul Wydeven will portray anvil
salesman Charlie Cowell, and Mike Hall as Constable Locke & the Train
Rounding out this cast as members of the River City Kid’s
Band, dancers and towns folk are Gini Cooper, Ronan O’Reilly, Joseph Cooper,
Hannah Robel, Josiah Kapelke, Kaitlyn Robbins,Sydney Schuette,
Sydney Maas, Matthew Sell, Cole McDonald, Abigail Troia, Samantha McKelvey, Aspen
Kieran O’Reilly, Zia Wolter, Raighnan O’Reilly, Lillijana
Goeschko, Kylie Kapelke, Sami Hall, Madyson McWilliam, Laney Janczy, Nora
Hartford, Faith O’Reilly, Stepahnie Schaefer, Erica Jacobson, Valoire Schamens,
Rose Beach, Molly Ebel, Heather Shawlin, Sheila Turek, Karen Wydeven, and Norm
Leading the cast behind the scenes is the wonderful crew:
Directing staff Jeannie Vechinsky, Jocelyn McGurk, and Megan Miller, Vocal
Directors Jeannie Vechinsky & Nicole McCarty, Choreograher Megan Miller,
Costumer Angie Griffith, Pit Director Jusitn Steger, Backstage Manager Hope
Kapelke and Tech Director Katie Gundlach.
“Meredith Willson’s The Music Man” will be performed at
The Fort Atkinson High School Auditorium July 9th, 10th,
15th, and 16th. "