The Christendom Players brought Meredith Willson’s famed musical The Music Man to life onstage this past weekend, April 29-May 1, 2022.

The Christendom Players brought Meredith Willson’s famed musical The Music Man to life onstage this past weekend, April 29-May 1, 2022. Filled with popular songs, including “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “(Ya Got) Trouble,” and “Marian the Librarian,” the college’s annual spring musical provided an entertaining weekend of entertainment for the local community, helping to showcase the best theatrical talent Christendom has to offer.

Directed by alumna Elizabeth Foeckler, The Music Man combined elaborate choreography with well-known musical numbers as students told the story of Professor Harold Hill and his visit to River City, Iowa. Based on the hit Broadway show and film, The Music Man follows Hill, who poses as a boys’ band instructor who sells band instruments and more to Midwestern townsfolk. A local librarian, Marian, sees through Hill’s con but begins to fall in love with him over the course of the musical, with Hill ultimately risking being caught to win her heart.

The Music Man follows Hill, who poses as a boys’ band instructor who sells band instruments and more to Midwestern townsfolk.

The Music Man follows Hill, who poses as a boys’ band instructor who sells band instruments and more to Midwestern townsfolk.

The Music Man is such a classic, iconic show that everyone knows,” says Foeckler. “The songs are just so fun and such crowd pleasers that it was great to be able to present this show to the community. I knew we’d have good attendance, but every single performance was a full house, and even had standing room only seats. It was so great for the students who put so much time and effort into the production to be able to showcase their talents to a full house each night.”

A local librarian, Marian, sees through Hill’s con but begins to fall in love with him over the course of the musical, with Hill ultimately risking being caught to win her heart.

A local librarian, Marian, sees through Hill’s con but begins to fall in love with him over the course of the musical, with Hill ultimately risking being caught to win her heart.

While Christendom does not have a fine arts major, the college offers numerous opportunities for students to showcase their talents, including through the Christendom Players productions. For Foeckler, The Music Man was a perfect showcase for the college’s many talented actors and actresses, and another example of their ability to come together to make something beautiful for the community.

While Christendom does not have a fine arts major, the college offers numerous opportunities for students to showcase their talents, including through the Christendom Players productions.

While Christendom does not have a fine arts major, the college offers numerous opportunities for students to showcase their talents, including through the Christendom Players productions.

“One of the things that I love about Christendom plays and musicals that I think makes them particularly special is that none of the students are here to major in musical theater,” says Foeckler. “They’re here for the liberal arts, but we have such a great group of talented students, many of whom have had background in singing, and acting, and dancing, and they are more than happy to come share their talents with the community and come together as a group to make something beautiful and tell a story.”

The Christendom Players are a student-run group that performs two theatrical productions a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. In the past, the group has performed Les MiserablesThe CrucibleThe Drowsy ChaperoneMurder on the Nile, Hello, Dolly!, Anything Goes, and other acclaimed productions.

The Christendom Players brought Meredith Willson’s famed musical The Music Man to life onstage this past weekend, April 29-May 1, 2022.
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