'Music Man' is coming to town

Photo by Chris Barber The cast of "Music Man" joins for an ensemble number during rehearsal at Lincoln University's Ware Center. The show runs for two weeks starting next week.

Avon Grove Community Theater's 'Music Man' will march into town next week with 76 trombones and a whole host of child actors.

The classic musical will be presented at the Lincoln University Ware Center Theater, where seating is excellent and parking is convenient.

This is A.C.T.'s ninth show and the second at Lincoln. It stars Patrick Murphy as Professor Harold Hill and Abbey Kwitneik as Marion the librarian.

The show is being produced by Mala and Geddes Marcano and is staffed by more than 50 actors.

The story line centers around a con artist, Harold Hill, who arrives in the town of River City, Iowa, in 1921 and attempts to convince the residents that they need a boys' band. Actually, he has plans to establish the band but then take the money and run.

His plan fails, however, because he falls in love with the town librarian and can't in good conscience carry out his scheme.

Some of the musical numbers are 'Seventy-six Trombones,' 'Gary, Indiana' and 'Til There was You.'

The show dates and times are Thursday July 19, 7 p.m.; Friday July 20, 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 22, 2 p.m.; Thursday, July 26, 7 p.m.; Friday, July 27, 7 p.m.; Saturday July 28, 7 p.m.; and Sunday July 29, 2 p.m.

Tickets are sold online and at the door as available. They are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Go to http://actheater.ticketleap.com.

In addition to producing an annual musical production, ACT presents an interactive mystery series, and children's summer camp.

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