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Posted On: Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Each year, the Tallassee music department presents a fall musical.
This years show was the Meredith Willson classic, THE MUSIC MAN, which won Tony Awards during its original Broadway run in the late 1950s and Academy Awards (Oscars) with the movie version in the early 1960s. The soundtrack album spent hundreds of weeks on the charts in the early 1960s, even hitting the #1 spot in Billboard. The songs from this musical were so popular, even The Beatles placed one of them on their first album! The show is about a traveling salesman in the year 1912 who visits River City, Iowa thinking he can make a lot of money selling band instruments, even though he knows absolutely nothing about teaching music (except his so-called “Think System”). However, the town’s spinster librarian has him figured out - and despite his shenanigans, she sets about trying to make an honest man out of him.
Hadden Langley and Jean Leah Atkins held the roles of Harold and Marian, respectively. They were joined by a large cast of THS music department students; an orchestra comprised of community musicians and THS band members; a crew and chorus comprised of THS students; members of the Southside Middle School band and students from Tallassee Elementary School; and the famous real-life River City barbershop quartet featuring former TES/SMS/THS administrators James Bush and Ron McDaniel, with local attorney Lee Borden and local pastor and author Mike McElroy.
The director was Adrian Lee Borden and the producer is Jerry Cunningham. The musical director for the production was Amanda Anderson and the orchestra conductor was Michael Bird.