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‘Music Man’ on tap tonight at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle school

Staff reports

“Seventy-six Trombones” ring out in the Carson Valley as three secondary schools join forces to present Meredith Willson’s celebrated musical, “The Music Man.”

Performances will be given tonight and March 23 and 24 in the Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School Cafetorium in Gardnerville.

Curtain time is 7 p.m. for each show. Students from Douglas High, Carson Valley Middle School and Pau-Wa-Lu, along with parents, staff and community members, form a cast, crew and orchestra over 90 strong for the show.

The musical takes the audience to River City, Iowa, in the summer of 1912. “Prof.” Harold Hill, an itinerant con man, lights on the town and begins pitching the need for a boys’ band to the wary and stubborn Iowans. However, the con artist gets his “foot caught in the door” by falling for the town librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo.

Despite his chicanery, Harold manages to endear himself to virtually every resident of River City. When the truth is finally discovered about Hill’s band, the resolution surprises even him.

The show features such well-known favorites as “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Gary, Indiana” and “Till There Was You” (which became a pop hit when the Beatles sang it).

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, children, and senior citizens. A limited number of reserved seats are available for $10 and $7. Tickets may be obtained by calling 265-6100, stopping by the Pau-Wa-Lu office or purchasing them at the door.