Theater is again! Summer time Stage Wooster’s ‘The Music Man’ opens this month after COVID delay

Dane Kuzma and Sheryl Villegas speak about their characters in Summer time Stage Wooster’s manufacturing of “The Music Man.”

WOOSTER – Sheryl Villegas fell in love with the experiences and individuals who make Summer time Stage Wooster really feel like a household. So when the 2019 manufacturing of “The Music Man” was postponed, Villegas mentioned she felt horrible.

“I used to be simply ready and hoping,” Villegas mentioned. “I feel there was a resurgence of COVID round December and into January and I assumed ‘Oh my gosh, it can’t get canceled once more. I simply can’t undergo that once more.’”

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All that ready got here to an finish this spring when Villegas was forged as one of many 62 actors who’re part of this yr’s manufacturing of “The Music Man.” 

Opening night time is 7 p.m. July 23 with further exhibits on July 24, and July 29-31. Tickets might be bought on-line at or on the doorways of the Wooster Excessive Faculty Performing Arts Heart on the day of the present.

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The ups and downs of manufacturing

Though pushing again manufacturing three years in the past was not the unique plan, Director Todd Patterson mentioned it did have its plus sides. With the additional time, Patterson was capable of do extra analysis in regards to the present and see a Broadway manufacturing to get some concepts. 

The story of “The Music Man” exhibits a touring salesman who involves a small city in Iowa and tries to rip-off the individuals who reside there, Patterson defined. Because the story continues, the viewers will get to observe the salesperson and the opposite characters he meets come collectively via music.

Todd Patterson is the director of "The Music Man," which opens at 7 p.m. July 23 in Wooster High School.

Todd Patterson is the director of “The Music Man,” which opens at 7 p.m. July 23 in Wooster Excessive Faculty.

The story is about in the early 1900s, and there have been a number of challenges, Patterson mentioned, in ensuring the clothes, props and set mirrored the time interval.

As an example, Patterson mentioned, they struggled to search out a pre-built wagon. The manufacturing crew ended up shopping for 4 wagon wheels and constructing their very own, with the addition of a fabricated horse to drag it.

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Music Director Toni Shreve mentioned she confronted her personal challenges with lingering COVID security protocols. To assist restrict the spreading of any sickness, the forged and crew wore masks throughout rehearsals, which Shreve mentioned, made it troublesome for everybody to listen to her at occasions.

Music Director for the production, Toni Shreve, said the cast and crew worked to avoid the possible spread of COVID during rehearsals by wearing masks.

Music Director for the manufacturing, Toni Shreve, mentioned the forged and crew labored to keep away from the attainable unfold of COVID throughout rehearsals by sporting masks.

“We’re all making an attempt to remain as wholesome as attainable,” Shreve mentioned. “As a result of we do not need to have one particular person not be capable to take part. We simply need all people there. They’ve labored so onerous.”

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Patterson mentioned it has been great to see so many individuals come collectively for the present since household is an enormous a part of what they do.

The cast of Summer Stage Wooster's production of "The Music Man."

The forged of Summer time Stage Wooster’s manufacturing of “The Music Man.”

“A part of the inspiration of our group is involving households,” Patterson mentioned. “… I would like households to have one thing to do collectively in the summertime and musical theater is nice as a result of there’s one thing for everyone.”

Whether or not they’re concerned in set making, lighting or are on stage appearing, Patterson mentioned, he’s grateful for the onerous work members put in and hopes the patriotic themes all through the story make individuals blissful.

“This musical is a very good selection for our group,” Patterson mentioned. “It is received a patriotic theme, which we may all use a bit bit to really feel a bit bit higher about what’s going on.”

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This text initially appeared on The Day by day Document: Summer time Stage Wooster’s ‘The Music Man’ opens July 23.

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