Temple marches into 30th season with ‘Music Man’

Sep. 07, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Looks like the Temple Theatre’s ‘Got Trouble’ — or so say the lyrics of a song in it’s upcoming produciton.

The venue’s first show of its 30th season begins Thursday with “The Music Man” — an award-winning classic that will delight audience members with beautifully crafted songs and lyrics that offer a glimpse into the past, according to the Temple’s Producing Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn.

“It’s our blockbuster opening,” Taphorn said. “We wanted to kick off our 30th anniversary series with a bang and a big community show.”

“The Music Man,” the largest show Taphorn can remember the Temple putting on, boasts 46 cast members — including 22 youth. The production begins Thursday, with five shows each weekend through Sept. 29, and is “a labor of love,” according to Taphorn.

“I really do think it’s a celebration of all things Americana,” she said. “It’s a glimpse back in time. And while it’s a different era, it is still relevant today.”

This is Taphorn’s sixth production of “The Music Man,” which was her first theater performance as a high school freshman.

“I’ve grown up with this musical,” she said. “… It is certainly running through my life.”

The Temple’s version has been paired down from its original three-hour length, but Taphorn said it will have all the classic songs audiences have grown to love, including “Ya Got Trouble,” “Shipoopi” and and “76 Trombones.”

“It has great dancing and a great script that is not only heartwarming, but is funny,” she said. “It’s a homage to a bygone era with a new twist.”

Ken Griggs plays Harold Hill, the con man known for hoodwinking small towns into forming youth bands and then leaving with the townspeople’s money. Griggs said he hopes people take away two hours of pure enjoyment from the Meredith Willson story.

“I’ve done maybe 50 productions, and it is one of my favorites,” Griggs said. “It’s just so well written, the music and the lyrics — all by the same guy. This is really Meredith Willson’s masterpiece.”

Jacob Toth, choreographer for the Temple show, said this is his third time working with the Temple Theatre and he’s enjoyed having such a large cast.

“Whenever I am at the Temple, I want to challenge the dancers,” he said. “I’ve looked at the original choreography, and it hasn’t been dumbed down for the kids. The Temple has always proven to have wonderful dancers who make me proud.” 

Tickets to “The Music Man’ are $23 for adults and $13 for students and are available online at www.templeshows.com.

WANT TO GO?

What: “The Music Man”

When: Sept. 12-29, with shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays

Where: Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford

Tickets: $13 for students and $23 for adults.