These past two weeks, Kelly has been busy performing with the cast of Music Man at the Burnsville Mraz Center. Kelly has the role of Zaneeta, the mayor’s daughter and a teenager in love with Tommy Djlas and secretly seeing him behind her dad’s back, played by Isaac Nelson. Kelly’s most famous line is..”Ye Gods!” she says this after everything she says. It’s very funny and got many laughs.
A little about this musical, if you’re not familiar with it….The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive Iowa townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. Harold is no musician, however, and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall in love. Harold risks being caught to win her.
The show begins with all of the traveling salesmen on the train heading to River City, Iowa. They sang their song and with their actions, they made it look like the train was actually moving. It was pretty neat.
Kelly’s friend Daniel got the lead role as Harold Hill. He did a fantastic job and is such a pleasure to watch and listen to. We’ve been enjoying his performances since Junior High.
There was a lot of dancing in this musical and so many familiar songs. One of my favorites is sung by the ladies group from River City called “Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little” It’s such a catchy tune and seems to always stick in my head. These are the gossipy ladies who like to talk about everyone in town.
Harold stumbles across his old friend Marcellus Washburn, who has “gone legit” and now lives in town. Marcellus tells Harold that Marian Paroo, the librarian who gives piano lessons, is the only trained musician in town and she wants nothing to do with Harold Hill. He needs to figure out a way to make her fall in love with him, so that he can get the money from the townspeople for his band instruments and uniforms.
I’ve seen this movie many times and I wondered how well they’d do with casting the barbershop quartet. They have a big role in this musical and I couldn’t believe the talent of these four guys in the show. They were so funny and amazing singers. Three of them are in the Freestyle group that Kelly is a part of this year. I am looking forward to hearing those concerts and these incredible singers. In the original movie…the quartet was played by the Buffalo Bills. A very famous group.
Kelly loved her role as Zaneeta and enjoyed the dancing even more. She was front and center for most of the dances and it was so neat to see her light up when she’s on stage. Always smiling and having a great time.
The library scene was one of Kelly’s favorites to perform and it was visually stunning. They did most of it just sitting in their chair and moving their feet while Harold sang “Marian the Librarian.” Harold walks into the library, but Marian ignores him yet again. He declares his unrequited love for her, leading the teenagers in the library in dance. For a moment, Marian forgets her decorum and dances with Harold.
In the end, love wins out and Harold can’t leave River City because he has fallen in love with Marian the Librarian.
They had a wonderful surprise ending to this show. Once we clapped and thought it was over, Daniel (Harold Hill) put a whistle in his mouth, blew it, and then the actual band came out and played 76 Trombones as he led the band on stage. It was a spectacular way to end the show and the whole audience was clapping, smiling, and dancing along. I loved it!
After the show, Kelly had so many friends come see her. Such a great turnout for all of the shows and standing ovations for all. Even a couple of my co-workers from Ebenezer went to a show and found Kelly afterwards. So sweet of them.
Kelly has a couple weeks off now and then will start her auditions once again for the One-Act plays. This spring, Burnsville will be performing Mary Poppins. We are looking forward to that production as well. It will also be her last show in High School. Yes, tears will flow. But for now….she’s flying high!