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REVIEW: ‘The Music Man’ heralds triumphant return of Summer Musical

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The cast of ‘The Music Man’ puts on a show at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. [Courtesy photo/Rebecca Higgs]

‘Music’ to their ears

By Cassime Joseph

River City, Iowa, set the scene for the triumphant return of the Pueblo-wide scholastic Summer Musical. “The Music Man,” a musical by Meredith Willson and based on a story Willson co-wrote with Franklin Lacey, will close today at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. 

The story revolves around a con man named Harold Hill, who poses as a boys’ band leader and who sells instruments and uniforms to the citizens of River City. He also sells promises to train the new band members he conveniently convinces to join. 

Hill is no musician, however, and plans to skip town without giving any lessons. Librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo sees through his scam. Still, when Hill helps Paroo’s younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, the reluctant teacher falls in love with him. He risks being caught to win her heart. 

The talented youths and young adults from across the region worked hard to present a spectacular presentation, complete with costumes, backdrops and a crowd-pleasing performance. The audience knew the performers took pride in the work that they had done. 

Mark Gomes captured his role as Hill — it was like watching the mini version of Hugh Jackman, who will return to the Broadway stage in the same roll next month. Gomes captivated while walking among the crowd with a smile that could light up the room. He spoke with great pose and did not skip a beat on his lines. The future is bright for this upcoming star! 

Taylor Filler (Marian Paroo) has a beautiful voice. The South High School junior was great at acting, but she stood out when she sang. You could close your eyes while she sings, and be transported to church. She is another Pueblo star in the making.

The River City kids were the cutest and the most disciplined actors on stage. All knew their lines, and when Sam Masciotra (Winthrop Paroo) sang, the whole theater cheered. 

The Summer Musical took a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing our community’s talented youth bring joy back to Pueblo is incredible. Catch the closing show at 7 p.m. today at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. Tickets cost $12 each and may be purchased at sdc-arts.org or by calling 719-295-7200.

See related content: Voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice La Marche talk theater, career paths and 25 years of Pinky and the Brain

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