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Greencastle native in 'Music Man'

Friday, July 23, 2010

Professor Harold Hill (portrayed by Roger Dutcher) woos Marian Paroo (portrayed by former Greencastle resident Jodi Green Wingler) in Hendricks Civic Theatre's production of "The Music Man."
Hendricks Civic Theatre presents Meridith Willson's musical "The Music Man," July 30, 31, and Aug. 1, 6, 7, 8 at the Plainfield High School Auditorium, located at 1 Red Pride Drive, Plainfield.

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2:30 p.m. with general seating.

Tickets may be purchased by cash or check at the door.

Tickets prices are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors 62 and older and children 18 and younger. Children ages 3 and younger are free.

Group discounts are available.

"The Music Man" depicts the fictional story of con man and traveling salesman "Professor" Harold Hill, who attempts to swindle the townsfolk of River City, Iowa.

With delightful twists and turns of plot, Hill's plans are foiled, particularly when he inadvertently falls in love with the town librarian Marian Paroo.

As the plot develops, Marian and the hoodwinked townspeople undergo changes of heart too.

Former Greencastle resident and Putnam County Playhouse alum Jodi Green Wingler, the actress who portrays "Marian Paroo," explained, "My character begins as a sad, old-maid librarian who is cynical and hesitant to let others know or love her, but by the end of the story, she opens her mind to new ways of thinking and her heart to love."

By day and by coincidence, Wingler works as a librarian.

However, Wingler, Manager of Youth Services for Danville Public Library, said she feels "nothing about modern-day librarians translates into the stereotypical librarian character of Marian."

"Libraries today are all about connecting people through technology, literature, and social programs; they are places for people to come together, work, learn, and socialize," she explained. "Unlike Marian, who in one scene tries to assert control over unruly teenaged-library patrons, I have never 'shushed' anyone in a library!" Wingler said.

Set in a nostalgic, small town in 1912, the show boasts "big band" song and dance numbers as well as love ballads and barbershop quartet tunes.

Designed to delight families and patrons of all ages, "The Music Man" is based upon the book, music, and lyrics by Meridith Willson and story by Willson and Franklin Lacey and is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Produced by Teri Princell and directed by Margaret Humrichouser, this HCT production features performers ages 5 to 65.

For more information or group reservations call (317) 252-9626 or visit www.HendricksCivic.com.

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