'Music Man' marches across Staples Players' stage

WESTPORT—Countless three-hour practices and months of hard work havecome to fruition for over 130 Staples Players with the opening of “The Music Man” on Nov. 11.

The play, which continues its run on Nov. 18 and 19, had its final dress rehearsal Nov. 10 and Director David Roth was extremely confident about the production.

“We had a fantastic dress rehearsal,” Roth said. “We’re definitely ready to go.”

To go with the show, Staples Players also debuted an exhibit of the iconic oil painting of Westport artist Steven Dohanos, “The Band Played On (The Big Game).” The painting will be on display throughout the run of “The Music Man.”

Created as a Saturday Evening Post cover, the painting depicts five members of the 1946 Staples High School Band.

Given the divisive climate of the recent presidential election, Roth said the show had added importance.

“It’s about community coming together and the power of art to bring people together and we’re very excited to offer something to our audiences to let them go back to 1912 and go back to a simpler time and also bring communities together,” Roth said.

Rick Eason, a junior at Staples who operates the sound board for the show, runs sound effects any time someone enters or exits along with a variety of other tasks. He said although the workload and commitment has been intense, it has been a rewarding endeavor.

“The friends on the technical crews and my friends who act have been working so hard on this show,” he said. “It’s great to see everyone enjoy what they’re doing so much and to see everyone come and enjoy what we are able to do.”

Performances on Nov. 18 and 19 are at 7:30 p.m. There is also a 3 p.m. matinee performance on Nov. 19. Tickets cost $15, $10 for students and are available at the door and for pre-purchase at staplesplayers.com.

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