'The Music Man KIDS' premieres Nov. 13

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OREGON – Oregon Elementary Theatre will dance the Shipoopi and revel in the excitement of the Wells Fargo Wagon coming to town and when students from Oregon perform Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man KIDS,” it was announced recently by Drew Cohen, president of Music Theatre International (MTI). 

The show featuring 23 students in grades 3-6, premieres on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man KIDS” tells the story of a charismatic con man Harold Hill, who galvanizes a stodgy, entertainment-starved Iowa town at the turn of the 20th century. Intending to fleece River City’s citizens with a false scheme to organize a boy's band, Hill's plans hit a sour note when he falls for Marian, the town librarian.

With a book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man KIDS” is based on Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man,” which won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Author, Composer and Lyricist. Inspired by a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, the musical was made into a 1962 film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film has since been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

“Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man KIDS” is a beautiful story about how music can transform a person and a community. In a similar manner, these students have worked together to present their unique interpretation of this show.  Throughout the rehearsal process each student will have contributed something and learned something, leaving this team and each individual in it changed for the better,” Cohen said.

 Oregon Elementary School Theatre will present the Broadway Junior production Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man KIDS” on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Oregon High School Theatre.  Tickets are $5 for ages 12 and up and $3 for under 12. Tickets will be sold at the door and cash and credit card will be accepted. For more information, please email tina@oregonpark.org.

Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man KIDS” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond.  Founded by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker in 1952, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.

MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists, and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials, and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theaters in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.
MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’ s Broadway Junior shows are 30 and 60-minute musicals for elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.

Contact Tina Ketter, tina@oregonpark.org for more information.