SCF Music Program to Present “The Music Man”

(Bradenton, Fla., October 17, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Music Program will present one of the most beloved musicals of all time, "The Music Man" by Meredith Willson, at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.

"The Music Man"debuted on Broadway in 1957 and was a winner of five Tony Awards for its story line and music that are still vibrant and popular today.  The nostalgic, heartwarming comedy is about a con man, Harold Hill, whose scam involves convincing the people of River City, Iowa, to buy band instruments with a promise to create and instruct a boys band. His wild scheme is flawed when he meets a beautiful and clever librarian, Marian Paroo, who rebuffs his advances and vows to prove to the small town that he is a fraud.

With memorable tunes such as "Seventy-Six Trombones," "'Till There Was You," "Ya Got Trouble" and "Gary, Indiana," "The Music Man" has achieved a beloved theatrical status.

Members of the SCF creative team include Melodie Dickerson, director; Rex Willis, music director; and Kelly Burnette, choreographer. The 40-member cast includes SCF students, faculty, community members and Electa Lee Magnet Middle School students.

"The Music Man" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

General admission is $12. Tickets are $6 for students and SCF employees. For more information, call Neel Performing Arts Center box office at 941-752-5252 or the SCF music department at 941-752-5351. A complete list of music events is available at Maps and directions are online at

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SCF student Alex Zickafoose as Harold Hill in "The Music Man"

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Lauren Nielsen as Marian Paroo, Theo as Winthrop Paroo and Alex Zickafoose
as Harold Hill prepare for the upcoming production of "The Music Man."
(Photos by Stephanie Dubsky. Location: Manatee Village Historical Park.)





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