“Pick-a-Little Ladies” confront the forever bickering members of the school board in the cast of WCT’s summer musical “The Music Man” from left, Janie Edmondson, Dorothy Biron, Melora Purell, Duncan Dempster, Jack Watson, Rick Turnbow. (PHOTO BY WCT FOR NHN)
Romantic leads Professor Harold Hill, played by Dr. John Stover, and Marian the Librararian, played by Amy Mills, will headline the WCT cast of “The Music Man.” (PHOTO BY WCT FOR NHN)
As Wamiea Community Theatre company enters its 50th season, the group begins a yearlong celebration of some of its greatest successes from past seasons, beginning with a reprise of the Meredith Willson”s “The Music Man,” from Aug. 2-18, at Parker School Theatre on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. Miguel Bray will direct the musical with Barbara Kopra as musical director.
John Stover will play Professor Harold Hill, a con man whose specialty is selling boys bands – instruments, uniforms, the works – to gullible midwesterners, collecting the cash, and leaving town. But when Harold arrives in River City Iowa, the local piano teacher, aka Marian the Librarian, played by Amy Mills, catches on to his scheme, and may bring his winning streak to a crashing halt.
Mayor Shinn, played by John Sucke, and his wife Eulalie, played by Dorothy Biron, have their own plans for the Professor Hill. Marian’s Irish mother, Mrs. Paroo, will be portrayed by Kathleen Donovan, and younger brother, the shy Winthrop, by Hunter Kalahiki-Armbruster. Amaryllis, a piano student enamored of tiny Winthrop, is played by Charlee Brown. Teenage town rebel Tommy is played by Bryden Jones and his girlfriend Zaneeta by Susie Krall.
Harold’s old con man partner, Marcellus, will be played by Jeff Jones; the bickering school board members, who accidentally become a barbershop quartet, include Jack Watson, Rick Turnbow, Clem Lam and Duncan Dempster. The Pick-a-Little Ladies include Melora Purell, Janie Edmondson, Jada Rufo, and Rona Lee. Constable Locke will be played by Keith Vachon, Charlie Cowell by Dan Bal, and Gracie Shinn by Kealia Haitsuka.
Additional River City townspeople will include: Ilene Harrington, Elodia LeMay, Emily and Bruce Risley, Bendict and Ayushi Purell, Nancy Perry, Bailey Wharton, Steven Taylor, Dan Biron, Melia Van Kirk, Kyra Matsuda, Lily and Violet Duncan, Elaine Brown, Pearl Dickson, Juliette Devost, Erica Yost, Leina’ala Taylor, Joey Cootey, Anuhea Young, Jada Rufo and Sami and Janie Edmondson.
“The Music Man” will be presented at Parker School Theatre on Friday and Saturday evenings and on Sunday afternoons from Aug. 2 through Aug. 18. Ticket prices are $18 for adults with discounts for senior citizens, students, military and children. Tickets will be available from the cast and from select ticket outlets in Waimea. More information is available at the group’s Facebook pages, or by visiting waimeacommunitytheatre.org.