Great Local Shows - Theatrical Reviews
||The Music Man
||Rocklin Community Theatre
|Date(s) of show
||December 6-22, 2013
||Better than the Macy’s parade, The Music Man
at the Rocklin Community Theatre will have you rocking in your seat and
raising your arm to lead the band. Composer, Meredith Willson’s score
infects your bones and paints a smile on your face that lasts, thanks to
the show’s live orchestra of ten musicians led by Peter Kagstrom. Theirs
is a sound to keep you humming all the way home.
The casting, costumes, and choreography – are perfect. Take your seat
and be transported back to Iowa, 1912, to see the townsfolk transformed
into River City’s Marching Band. Star of the show, the handsome Ryan
Adame, con-man and traveling salesman, sings in a rich baritone, dances
with importance and confidence as any con-man should, and falls in love
with the irresistible Marion, the librarian, so sincerely, you never
doubt a word he’s singing. Marian, Madam Librarian, played by Alyssa
Ray, radiates beauty, intelligence, kindness and grace, as she
beautifully lifts her voice in “Goodnight, My Someone,” and “Till There
Was You.” Alyssa Ray floats on the high notes! You’ve got to hear her to
feel the chills running up your arms as she sings.
Everyone in this cast is outstanding. Marian’s Irish mother, Lori
Thomson, and Marian’s little brother who lisps, Evan Teigland (for this
show), will steal your heart.
Not only are the show’s stars, Ryan Adame and Alyssa Ray, terrific
vocalists, but so are the men in the school board quartet, Georgio
Selvaggio, Ken Duisenberg, Byron Roope, and Nick Lunetta. And the
Pickalittle Ladies will delight and amuse.
There are too many talented teens and adults to name each one, but every
singer and dancer in this Rocklin Community Theatre production of
The Music Man is outstanding.
This show was brought to life by the very talented Gina Threshie,
Costume Designer; Christian Savage, Sound & Lighting Designer; and
Laura Gailey, Stage Manager. Other talent you don’t see on stage, but
who make the whole production as thrilling as it is, who make this show
grand, are—Choreographer, Cassie March; Musical Director, Peter Kagstrom,
and Director, Jill Page. The Music Man’s merriment dazzles and