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South County’s ‘Music Man’ Wows Audiences

South County High School's cast of “The Music Man” performs. Actors are, from left, Lindsey Otto, Marin Tettelbach, Katelyn Sparks, Rachel Epstein and Samantha Hamilton; and, back row, from left, Darby Glackin, Emmy Brien, Kelsey Davis and Kathy Oh.

South County High School's cast of “The Music Man” performs. Actors are, from left, Lindsey Otto, Marin Tettelbach, Katelyn Sparks, Rachel Epstein and Samantha Hamilton; and, back row, from left, Darby Glackin, Emmy Brien, Kelsey Davis and Kathy Oh.

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The Pick a Little Ladies, from left, Cara Bachman, Ruth Scherr, Elise Covas and Katherine Spellmon discuss the town's goings-ons with Professor Harold Hill (Jack Gereski) in South County High School's “The Music Man.”

Colorful costumes, stunning vocals and intricate comedic timing were just a few key elements of the South County High School Theatre’s production of “The Music Man,” which packed the Dale S. Rumberger Auditorium May 3-4 and 10-11.

An affectionate acclamation to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, the musical by Meredith Willson wowed audiences, putting a spring in their step and a song in their hearts. The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill (played by sophomore Jack Gereski) as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize, despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian (senior Whitney Turner), who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.

The cast and crew of more than 50 South County students (many of whom made their own costumes), and led by a talented student orchestra, entertained the audience with such crowd pleasing songs as “Ya Got Trouble,” “Goodnight My Someone,” and “Seventy-Six Trombones.”

The stunning performance also received a nod from Cappies critics, receiving three nominations: Jack Gereski for Lead Actor in a Musical, Kathy Oh (as Zaneeta) for Female Dancer, and Katie Murray (as Mrs. Paroo) for Supporting Actress in a Musical. The Cappies Awards take place at the Kennedy Center June 9.