note: entire contents copyright 1997 by Doug Cullen
Reviewed by Doug Cullen
For anyone not familiar with the show: The River City, Iowa town-folk of 1912 have within their midst a con man named Harold Hill. The illustrious "Professor" Hill convinces the bunch to give him money towards the creation of a children's band. All this is possible through his radical music learning technique called the "Think System". Throughout the show an old-fashioned love story unfolds and human kindness is brought to the forefront.
The Milford Theatre Guild does justice to this family classic. You'll thoroughly enjoy the colorful and well choroegraphed choral numbers (both song and stage-presence were a delight). There are some "big" numbers with powerful dance steps...you'll find yourself wondering, "...and this is Community Theatre?" The chorus has been well-assembled and highly motivated. They want you to feel as though your part of River City...and they succeed.
For those of you who know the term "square Barbershop", you'll appreciate the cast's barbershop quartet along with the company's MaryAnn Hatem ("Marian") execution of "Lida Rose". (Since I am an on-again, off-again member of the Society for the Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, it felt good to hear the ole chords struck by this timeless rendition). If you're a new comer to Barbershop harmony, sit back and enjoy (the crowd sure did last night).
So folks, "...there's trouble, right here in River City"...and I encourage
you to be part of the mahyem!