BEAT Rehearsal

Broadway History Comes to BEAT Children’s Theatre

This winter BEAT Children’s Theatre is working on a classic and beloved Broadway musical — The Music Man by Meredith Willson. The musical was first produced on Broadway in 1957 and was an instant hit, winning five Tony Awards. The film that was made in 1962 starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones has been a family favorite ever since. The young actors of BEAT Children’s Theatre are thrilled to be bringing this classic of the stage and screen to Bend this February.
Aside from learning such memorable songs as 76 Trombones, Ya Got Trouble and Shipoopi, BEAT actors have had the opportunity to learn some of the lesser known history behind this musical. The stage manager for this production, Suzie Hughes, a Bend resident, is related to the writer of The Music Man – Meredith Willson. Having grown up with a personal passion for the show, she has been able to share delightful tid bits about the history of this musical and even the characters!
Did you know that Lida and Rose were real people? BEAT actors have been rehearsing the song Lida Rose while enjoying the sparkle off the ring Suzie wears on her finger – a ring once worn by Lida herself. The opportunity to hear some of the true stories behind this classic tale of con artists, love and the joy of a hometown band, has brought a more meaningful experience to learning the arts and crafts of theatre.
Director Angelina Anello-Dennee says, “watching what you only thought about come to life on stage, and unfold into a story being told by a group of amazingly talented young people is amazing.”
Anello-Dennee directs a cast of 53 actors, some on stage for the first time, and some who are veterans of the theatre at a young age.
BEAT Children’s Theatre looks forward to sharing this joyful, musical romp through Middle America in 1912, coming up this February 12-21 at Summit High School. Performed by students from ages 8-17, this is a fun outing for the whole family.
Come watch Harold Hill, Marian Paroo, Winthrop and all your favorite characters sing and dance across the stage, and enjoy learning more about the stories behind one of your favorite Broadway musicals!

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