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‘The Music Man Jr.’ entertains at the ACT

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actors-conservatory-theatre-the-music-man-jr-2016The Actors Conservatory Theatre presents The Music Man Jr. for one final weekend, Oct. 14 to 16, in Lewisville.

Director Alex Bigus’ vision of the 1957 Tony-Award-winning Broadway classic by Meredith Wilson features a cast of 45 children.

The well-known plot centers around Professor Harold Hill, a traveling salesman, who scams the citizens of River City, Iowa, into purchasing musical equipment for a boys’ marching band he claims to be organizing. His real intention is to skip town as soon as he collects the money.

Marian Paroo, the local librarian and part-time piano teacher, sees through Harold’s lies, but experiences a change of heart once she sees her shy, younger brother come out of his shell, due to the band.

As the two begin to fall for one another, Harold’s plan to sneak out of town is foiled. Will their love prevail, or will Harold be exposed as a genuine con artist?

“There’s more to learn from [classical productions],” Bigus said. “The things you learn from remounting the classics are how to sing and actually ‘live’ on stage.”

The non-profit theatre’s mission is to educate children, by cherishing the performing arts, while supplying locals with a remarkable theatrical experience.

“It’s a great way to be a part of something bigger than yourself,” Artistic Director, Manager and Music Director Amy Coates said. “Supporting [the] community theater, by sitting in an audience, helps our kids learn life skills that carry into their work places, into their relationships, and families. It will carry into the rest of their lives.”

Performances on Friday and Saturday evening are at 7 p.m., while matinees on Saturday and Sunday are at 2 p.m. at 359 Lake Park Road, Suite 118, in Lewisville.

Tickets range from $9 to $14 and may be purchased through A.C.T.’s website: getintotheact.org.

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