Behind the Scenes: The Music Man

A behind-the-scenes glimpse of CU’s most recent theatrical production, “The Music Man”.

Sophomore and hair/makeup crew head Paige Baker helps senior Kaleigh Kenney with her hair as actors prepare for one of the last nights of dress rehearsals. Kenney played Mrs. Squires, one of the Pick-A-Little ladies, while Baker played one of the dancing teens. Senior Katie Gilbert works on her stage makeup while sophomore Kellyn Post works on her hair. Gilbert played the mayor's wife, Mrs. Eulalie Mackenzie Shinn. Senior Remy Patterson (Marcelus Washburn; dance captain) helps senior Stephen Gayer (Jacey Squires, Quartet) with his hair. Robbie Lindmark, sophomore and show lead Professor Harold Hill, employs the help of sophomore and costume crew member Savannah Hart in tying his bow tie. (Left to right) Sophomores Ranae Haskins (crew head), Nathan Robertson (Charlie Cowell) and Jeremy Smith (Oliver Hix, Quartet) goof off during "warm-ups", the half hour before curtain call which cast and crew spend stretching and playing games. Prof. Rebecca Baker, Associate Professor of Theater and director of CU's Music Man, addresses the group with notes and praises. CU's Music Man was Baker's final show as director before she retires at the end of this year. Patterson leads the cast and crew in a reenactment of Mrs. Shinn's "Grecian Urns" dance number during warm-ups before the final show. A wave of emotions followed the memorable moment for several of the senior actors who will be graduating in the spring. [photo courtesy of Anna Lutteneggar] A backstage view: Winthrop Paroo (Jonathan Kimble) waits with the rest of the River City townspeople behind the curtain while the traveling salesmen belt out "Rock Island", the show's opening number. Another view from stage left: Junior David Mortenson, playing one of the dancing teens, during the comical library scene, "Marian the Librarian". Two costume crew members help senior Gabrielle Bauman (dancing teen) readjust her hair bows following an energetic dance number. Lindmark (Harold) lounges with the fly crew head, junior Andrew Rarick, between scene changes during the show's production shots session. The show comes to a thrilling close as a stage light catches fire immediately following the final bow and curtain call for the last show. Senior Sam Quattrone, props master, extinguishes the flames as tech crew members make their way down from the catwalks. [photo courtesy of Anna Lutteneggar]
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The show comes to a thrilling close as a stage light catches fire immediately following the final bow and curtain call for the last show. Senior Sam Quattrone, props master, extinguishes the flames as tech crew members make their way down from the catwalks. [photo courtesy of Anna Lutteneggar]

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