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"The Music Man" Marches on the Clarence Brown Stage!

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David Kortemeier and Katy Wolfe Zahn in "The Music Man"

KNOXVILLE -- Featuring a cast of 40-- which includes local professionals, CBT resident artists, community members and lots of children-- and an 18-piece orchestra, "The Music Man" will march on the CBT stage April 21 through May 15, 2011!

"The Music Man" follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying musical instruments and uniforms for a boy's band he vows to organize – despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef! His plan to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the town librarian, with chaos ensuing as the townsfolk get wind of his scheme.

Filled with classical musical fun, tender romance, barbershop quartets and favorites including, "Ya Got Trouble," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Goodnight My Someone," "Gary, Indiana," and "Till There Was You," it's great for the whole family!

"It's the perfect musical. There is not one ounce of excess: every word, every song lyric, every note is indispensable to the story. I attribute this to two facts: Meredith Willson wrote the book, music and lyrics, and he wrote from his own life experience. Willson's autobiography reveals many colorful details about his hometown, family and friends that show up in "The Music Man." Every character is beautifully and deeply drawn. The show is uplifting, moving and lots of fun. And, it has an important and timeless theme: while we may not like change, change is all there is," said guest director Risa Brainin.

Risa Brainin (Director) is Professor and Director of Performance and the Artistic Director of LAUNCH PAD at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also served as Artistic Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz (2001-03,) and Associate Artistic Director for both Kansas City Repertory Theatre (2000-02) and Indiana Repertory Theatre (1997-2000.) Prior to 1997, she served as Resident Director (1991-93,) Associate Company Director (1995-96) and Acting Instructor in the outreach program (1987-97) at the Guthrie Theater. She has worked in regional theaters all across the country. She is a graduate of the Carnegie-Mellon Drama Program.

"And, of course the musical score is sublime. The songs are more than simply "memorable" --after hearing them once, they tend to imprint themselves in minute detail into your consciousness," Brainin said.

Directing the 18-piece orchestra is Musical Director Terry Silver Alford, a member of the UT Theater faculty. He has directed more than 100 productions in theaters across the country and created scores for four original musicals and a variety of chamber and vocal music pieces. He most recently musically directed "Man of La Mancha." He earned his master's degree in directing from UT and his master's degree in Music from Western Michigan University.

Amber Mak (Choreographer) is a professional actress and choreographer from Chicago, Illinois. Her choreography has been seen at Northwestern University, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Drury Lane Oakbrook.

UT Department of Theatre actors include: David Kortemeier (Harold Hill), Katy Wolfe Zahn (Marian Paroo), David Brian Alley (Salesman/Constable), Neil Friedman (Mayor Shinn), and Carol Mayo Jenkins (Eulalie M. Shinn).

Community actors include: Jim Bonomo (Olin Britt), Rachel Britt (Constable's Twin), Jacob Carpenter (Winthrop), Kacey Cleveland (Maud Dunlop), Joshua Cook (Squire's Boy), Steve Fitchpatrick (Charlie Cowell), Alexander Flynt (Newsman /Dunlop Teen), Michelle Fratus (The Wife), Ted M. Jett (Jacey Squires), Maggie Kohlbusch (Amaryllis), Larry LaBorde (Conductor, Farmer), James McGuire (Salesman/Farmer), Chuck O'Donnell (Ewart Dunlop), John Oxendine (Oliver Hix), Virginia Pillion(Gracie), Kody Pratt (Zaneeta Shinn), Laura Schoonmaker (Mrs. Squires), Robbin Paige Sharp (Mrs. Paroo), Jonathan Tison (The Couple's Grandkid), Thomas-Allan Tison (Squire's Boy), Amelia Zahn (Baker's Kid) and Jonah Zahn (Farmer's Kid).

UT Theater student actors include: Blair Campion (Baker's Wife), Joseph Rebrovick (Salesman/The Farmer), Lauren Elysse Fitzgerald (Alma Hix), Josh Garon(Salesman/Baker), Kathryn E. Hale (Constable's Wife), Ted Kitterman (Salesman/Farmer's Teen), Natasha Koetsch (Ethel Tofflemeir) , Chelsea Milligan (Constable's Twin) , Conrad Ricamora (Tommy Djilas), Emma Silver-Alford (Ethel's Sister), Ryan Stem (Marcellus Washburn), Bailey Stipes (Farmer's Teen) and Chris Wilson (Newsman/Dunlop Teen).

Members of the orchestra include: Ally Tarwater, Reese DuBois, Bonnie Farr, Lawrence Hoffman, Deidre Ford, Jeremy Bryant, George Carpten, T. J. Perry, Nathan Sheppard, Tom Ludberg, Chris Mactavish, Jeff Mize, J. Miller, Melony Maness, Casey Maxwell, and Will Yager.

One visiting guest designer worked on this production. Curtis Craig (Sound Designer) is an active freelance media designer and composer, as well as head of the Sound Design program at Penn State University. Additional designers include Mary Pingree (Scenic Design), Elizabeth Aaron (Costume Design) and John Horner (Lighting Design).

Preview for "The Music Man" is Thursday, April 21, followed by Opening Night Friday, April 22, 2011.

The show runs through May 15, 2011. UT faculty/staff, senior citizens, children and students receive discounts. For tickets, call the Clarence Brown Theatre box office at 865-974-5161, Tickets Unlimited at 865-656-4444 or online at

April 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29; May 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 – 7:30 p.m.
May 1, 8, 15 – 2:00 p.m.

Preview: UT Students with ID Free, Adult $20, Seniors $17, Students $12, 12 and under $10
Opening: UT Students with ID $10, Adults: $35, Students $20, 12 and under $10
Wed./Thurs.: UT Students $5 with ID, Adults $22, Seniors $19, Students $12, 12 and under $10
Weekend: UT Students $5 with ID, Adults $29, Seniors $23, Students $15, 12 and under $10

Published April 15, 2011

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