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The Music Man brings song, dance to Gahanna Community Theatre stage

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Kate Lingnofski and Nick Lingnofski rehearses for Gahanna Community Theatre's production of The Music Man on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The two are portraying Ethel Toffelmier and Marcellus Washburn.
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Gahanna Community Theatre will present The Music Man at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Gahanna Lincoln High School auditorium, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

"It really, really is a beautiful show," said Char McCasland, producer and founder of GCT. "Some of the highlights are all the children in the cast, acting, dancing, singing and having a wonderful experience on the stage. The adults also do some super dance numbers."

Meredith Wilson's The Music Man plot involves con man Harold Hill, who poses as a band organizer and leader, selling band instruments and uniforms to naive townspeople before skipping town with the cash.

In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical.

"It's lots of fun, laughter, memorable music and dance, along with a wonderful story about believing in yourself," McCasland said. "The River City 'Quartet' is absolutely fantastic, and they are all from Gahanna. They will thrill the audiences. This production will have a really big surprise for the audiences."

Main roles played by Gahanna residents include Harold Hill, played by Ryan Metzger; Winthrop Paroo, by David Cremean; Amaryllis, by Meredith Clay; Eulalie, by Karie Gregory; Zaneeta, by Sydney Cannon; Oliver Hix, by Greg Miller; Ewart Dunlop, by Kevin Blanke; Olin Britt, by Jeff Shellhammer; Jacey Squires, by Brian Belair; Maud Dunlop, by Julia McCafferty; Mrs. Squires, by Kate Cremean; Tommy, by Cam Becker; Charlie, by George Matchneer; and Constable Locke, by Jim Seward.

The remaining roles, cast members and their hometowns are Marian Paroo, played by Megan Morelock, of Franklinton; Mrs. Paroo, Patrice Fahy, Grove City; Marcellus, Nick Lingnofski, Pataskala; Mayor Shinn, John Brunner, Columbus; Gracie, Georgia Curtis, New Albany; Ethel Toffelmier, Kate Lingnofski, Pataskala; and Alma Hix, Amy Debevoise, Columbus.

The show will feature about 70 actors and actresses on stage, 15 working scenery and 20 in the orchestra.

"This is truly community theater," McCasland said. "It's going to be quite a show and certainly fun for the entire family."

Tickets cost $12 and may be purchased online at gahannacommunitytheatre.org or at the door.

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