Blog: Music Man Jr. 

There could be trouble in River City, Iowa, when Professor Harold Hill rolls into town to sell band instruments as Hedgerow Theatre School presents The Music Man Jr. on Saturday, June 13, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 14, at 6 p.m. at Stage One in Wallingford.

Meredith Willson’s classic musical tells the tale of Hill, the traveling salesman who hopes to con the residents of the small midwestern town into buying instruments by promising he’ll create a band and teach the children how to play. The only problem isn’t doesn’t even know how to read music. The 1957 original won the Tony Award for Best Musical, and story has been retold in a 1962 movie, two Broadway revivals and a 2003 TV-movie.

The production has a 31-member cast of students ages 9 to 18 who have been taking a musical-theatre performance class at Hedgerow since early April. The class was led by Joel Guerrero, assisted by Hedgerow Fellow Allison Bloechl and music director Ann Byun. Three cast members also helped out behind the scenes. Caitlyn and Moira McKniff were the choreographers and Armida Flores served as assistant director.

In the cast are Ellie Barrickman and Elizabeth Caulfield of West Chester; Sofia Brzezicki of Springfield; Megan Corner, Caroline Field, Josie InTham, Emma Nederostek, Leah O’Neill and Madeline Theveny of Media; Gabby Dove of Sharon Hill; Jayla Eddins and Armida Flores of Philadelphia; Jaime Fleming of Glen Mills;; Kian Ganbari of Rutledge; Andrew Goren of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; Ella Grossman, Abigail Kanes, and Anna and Michael Tang of Swarthmore; Eric Hadley of Rose Valley; Gabrielle Harrison of Coatesville; Marin Lent and Meagan Walker of Wallingford; Amahd Lopes and Titus Primeeaux of Chester; Caitlyn and Moira McKniff of Brookhaven; Tyler Motlasz of Milmont Park; Allison Rollo of Broomall; Camille Williams of Newtown Square; and Aidan Zimmerman of Morton.

The junior version of the show features most of the famous songs, including 76 Trombones, Goodnight, My Someone, Til There Was You and Ya Got Trouble. The run time is condensed to an hour, making it appropriate for younger children.

Tickets are $10. For reservations, call (610) 565-4211, or visit Stage One is located at 101 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford, just off Providence Road (Route 252).