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‘Music Man’ marches into the LH Depot

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From left to right: Emily Turner, Lauren Sanders, Nicole Kelder, and Kyra Olschewsk are dancers in The Depot Theatre’s performance of “The Music Man.”

By John Francis
La Habra Journal

The famous Broadway Musical, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man,” will start its second weekend of performances tonight at the Mysterium Theatre in La Habra’s Depot theater, 311 S. Euclid St., June 23 at 8 p.m.
The production opened last week and will continue running on consecutive weekends through July 17 with performances Thursday through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.
The musical centers around salesman Harold Hill, who enters the town of River City, Iowa to sell its citizens on the idea of having a boys band by getting them to buy instruments and band uniforms, but he gets himself caught up in the stately Marian Paroo, the town’s piano teacher and librarian.
Featured in the leading roles are La Habra resident Mallory Staley as Marian the librarian and Ray Buffer as the fast talking Harold Hill.
Supporting the cast are Eric Cajiuat as Harold’s old friend Marcellus, Janet Arnold Clark as Marian’s mother, Colin Eaton as Winthrop, Robert Purcell as Mayor Shinn, Sarah Hoeven as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Kyra Olschewske as Zanetta Shinn, Annie Rivera as Ethel Toffelmier, and Mathew Mustafa as Tommy.

La Habra resident Mallory Staley stars as Marian and Ray Buffer as Harold in "The Music Man", which runs through July 17 at the Depot Theatre.
La Habra resident Mallory Staley stars as Marian and Ray Buffer as Harold in “The Music Man”, which runs through July 17 at the Depot Theatre.

Others in the cast include Chad Adriano, Diego Arballo, Stepanie Arballo, Shawn Arballo, Anthony Cavallos, Richard De Vicariis, Faith Foiles, Kara Gee, Stacey Grinder, Elana Harnack, Jason Johnson, Nicole Kelder, Shayna Lee, Eugene McDonald, Lauren Sanders and Emily Turner.
“The Music Man” is directed by John Francis with musical direction by H. H. Hanson and choreography by Emily Turner.  Marla Ladd is the producer.
Tickets for the production are $25 for general admissions and $15 for students, seniors and military.  For further information or reservations call the theater at 562-697-3311 or order tickets on line at mysteriumtheater.com.

Feel free to get a hold of me if you have a play opening or auditions coming up at your theater or if you would like to let us know what your local theater is doing.  Contact me at: johnstoy@flash.net
(John Francis has been a member of the local theater community for the past 50 years.  He has a BA and MA in acting/directing from Cal State University Los Angeles.).

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.