‘She sees the good in him when he doesn't see it himself'
Truro Junior High School students will present ‘The Music Man,' starting tomorrow and running for four shows. Among the cast members are, from left, Megan Brocklehurst, Clare Maguire, Madeline Young, Emma MacEachern and Brendan Maguire. Raissa Tetanish - Truro Daily News
TRURO - For Megan Brocklehurst and Brendan Maguire, this year's musical production of ‘The Music Man' at Truro Junior High School gives them both a chance to move out of their comfort zones.
"My favourite part is playing Marian because she's really aggressive in the play and I'm not in person, so it's really fun to act aggressive," said Brocklehurst, 14, who plays the main female lead - Marian Paroo - when the show opens tomorrow. "And the dance numbers are really fun to do with the entire ensemble."
MacGuire, meanwhile, gets to act a bit silly at times as male lead Harold Hill.
"It's all the ridiculous stuff I say to try and get people to believe they should put their money in me," the 11-year-old said of his con-man character. "I tell them things like pool tables are bad because it will make the kids start smoking weird things, or playing pool will make kids say bad words."
The Music Man is a story about a fictional town in Iowa named River City where Hill goes to try to scam the residents out of money. It hit Broadway in 1957 and Robert Preston and Shirley Jones starred in the movie version five years later.
"(Hill) tells the residents the town is in desperate need of a band so the kids won't go astray," said Kent Loughead, director of the four shows this week in Truro, adding that Harold tries to leave town with the money.
"But in the process he falls in love with Marian the librarian. It's a story about moral responsibility. She sees the good in him when he doesn't see it himself."
Meanwhile, Hill inadvertently enriches the town with a love of music and a band is formed.
Truro Junior High School cast members had been rehearsing up to four times a week before increasing to daily rehearsals this week.
"The hardest part for me is definitely trying to keep a straight face when Marian is trying to be really romantic," said Macguire, whose sister, Clare, is also a cast member. "It's kind of awkward for me because I'm just standing there."
Brocklehurst has been putting in extra time learning and memorizing her lines.
"I had to work on my lines a lot," she said, with Macguire adding their fellow cast members are always able to give them a nudge if they forget a line.
IF YOU GO:
What: The Music Man
Who: Truro Junior High School
When: Thursday to Saturday, 7 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Truro Junior High School, Young Street
Admission: at the door - $4 for students/seniors, $6 for adults or $20 for a family