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The Music Man - Auditions

Director: Manny Cafeo

Auditions will be held on May 1st and 2nd at the historic Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe, TX at 7 PM.
All are asked to prepare at least 16 bars of a song, bring a CD or sheet music, headshot and resume if they have one and be dressed to move.

Main characters
Professor Harold Hill — a con man and traveling salesman who tries Iowa after saturating Illinois; falls for Marian
Marian Paroo — the town librarian and part-time piano teacher; eventually falls for Harold Hill
Marcellus Washburn — Harold's old friend, no longer a con man, who now lives in River City
Mayor George Shinn — a pompous local politician; never falls for Hill's con
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn — the mayor's wife
Mrs. Paroo — Marian's Irish mother
Winthrop Paroo — Marian's shy, lisping brother; rarely speaks before Hill arrives in town

Secondary characters
The School board (Barbershop Quartet) — four bickering businessmen united by Harold (Olin Britt, Oliver Hix, Ewart Dunlop and Jacey Squires)
Pickalittle Ladies — Eulalie's four gossipy friends, Alma Hix, Mrs. Squires, Ethel Toffelmier and Maud Dunlop
Tommy Djilas — a young man "from the wrong side of town" who is secretly seeing Zaneeta Shinn; Harold encourages their relationship and makes him assistant band leader
Zaneeta Shinn — the mayor's oldest daughter; secretly seeing Tommy Djilas
Charlie Cowell — an anvil salesman who tries to expose Prof. Harold Hill as a con man
Constable Locke — the town sheriff
Amaryllis — Marian's young piano student
Gracie Shinn — the mayor's youngest daughter

Synopsis
A fast-talking con man Harold Hill goes from town to town selling citizens on starting a "boy's band," then extracts money from them by ordering instruments and uniforms, with the promise that he'll teach the kids how to be musicians. Once he's collected his bankroll, Hill skips town, leaving the kids in the lurch. Looking for new suckers in Iowa, Hill arrives in River City, where he declares that the only way to save the youth of River City from the lure of the poolroom is to organize a boy's band. He charms the mayor's wife Eulalie (Hermione Gingold) into forming a "ladies' dance committee" and sets his sights on winning over local music teacher Marian Paroo (Shirley Jones). Marian rightly considers Hill a fraud, especially when he espouses the "Think System" of learning music: if you think a tune, he claims, you can play it. But Marian becomes Hill's staunchest ally when her young brother Winthrop (Ronny Howard), sullen and withdrawn since the death of his father, exuberantly comes out of his shell at the prospect of joining Hill's band; and Marian's budding romance with the charming but unreliable Hill ultimately brings her out of her own shell as well.