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June 21, 2013

'Music Man' a family favorite for Stained Glass Theatre director

JOPLIN, Mo. — Kelly Weaver and her mother in 1995 performed together in a production of "The Music Man" for Joplin Little Theatre. Now, she gets to direct her dad, Bill Weaver, who plays Constable Locke.

"It's a personal favorite of mine, and a favorite of all my family since I was a kid," Weaver said. "My dad has been begging me to put this on, and we finally decided that the time was right and we had the people."

Stained Glass Theater has a lot of people for its production of "The Music Man," which kicked off Thursday and runs until June 30. Almost 100 cast, musicians and crew members of a variety of ages, from Bill Weaver at 78 to a 7-year-old, are involved in the production.

The musical marks the first time the company has used a live orchestra for a production. A 25-piece orchestra will accompany the cast through classics such as "(Ya Got) Trouble," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," "Shipoopi" and "Seventy-six Trombones."

Weaver said the addition of an orchestra is a sign of exciting things to come.

"Now that we know we can do it, we'll do it again," Weaver said. "There are a lot of talented musicians here who enjoy playing just like we enjoy being on stage."

The play is the story of Harold Hill, who swindles towns with promises of band uniforms and instruments, and how love threatens his con in River City. The story has been converted into a movie and television adaptation.

Karl Wendt plays the silver-tongued shyster with a deft touch and silky voice. Breanna Clark plays Marian the librarian, the only one with the know-how to address her skepticism over Hill"s claims.

Want to go?

"The Music Man" will be presented Thursday through Sunday, June 30, at Jerry B. Stark Auditorium in Carl Junction. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and also at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets: $8, $5 for children. Details: 417-626-1293.

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