Saturday, March 03, 2007
James Logan's production of The Music Man Friday night was neither a disappointment nor satisfying.
The musical was not consistent. On occasion the performances were quite believable. During other scenes, however, the singing was extremely off key and lines were entirely forgotten. The male portion of the cast suffered from this memory loss most frequently.
Joseph Canuto who played Harold Hill stumbled incessantly over his lines. I was surprised that the main character was so unprepared.
The costuming was impressive for a high school production. The sets could have used some help; you could even tell that the paint on the backdrop was still wet.
The musical boasted an orchestra that unfortunately overpowered the actors. A majority of the time, while the orchestra was playing, I could not even hear the lines that the actors were saying. They did have mikes for a few of the main characters but they cut in and out.
Some fine talent could be seen at the musical. Aarti Bhatnagar who played Marian Paroo was truly wonderful in her part. Her acting, singing and dancing were without fault.
[Courier staffer] Victoria McDonald, who played Mrs. Paroo, Marian's mother, even adopted an Irish accent for her role and demonstrated her crocheting skills onstage. Who knew that she could crochet?
I would recommend seeing the musical purely for the effort that the students put into the production.
You can tell that the students have a passion for what they do and it shines through to produce a musical that is truly heartfelt.