An American Classic

TUPELO – An American classic will come to life on the Lyric Theatre stage.
Students from fourth grade to college sophomores have teamed up to present “The Music Man Jr.” as part of Tupelo Community Theatre’s summer youth production.
“Harold Hill comes to town and he’s a flim-flam artist,” said Jimmy Grisham, director. “He sells the town on a boy’s band to keep the boys out of trouble.”
Hill knows how to sell instruments and band uniforms, but he doesn’t know a thing about making music.
But maybe Marian the librarian can help Harold find the music of his heart.
“She changes him,” Grisham said, “and he decides that people are more important than making money.”
That’s the condensed version of the story. Between Harold’s arrival and his transformation, there’s quite a bit of fun to be had. “The Music Man Jr.” doesn’t include all of the songs from Meredith Wilson’s original, but you’ll hear “Trouble,” “Till There was You,” “Gary, Indiana,” “76 Trombones” and other favorites.
“We’re going to have an orchestra with horns and keyboard and percussion,” Grisham said, “so it’s going to be live music, which is great for the kids.”
Holly Harrington, a 15-year-old Tupelo resident who plays Marian, said, “All of the songs really make you want to keep listening.
“It’s a classic American musical, and it’s got great singing, dancing and acting. Everybody should come out and see it.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal