“The Music Man” set the stage for fun music and good times
The spring musical production of The Music Man at RHMS featured incredible acting and musical talent by the numerous students who participated. Pictured (left to right) are several of the show’s stars, Rachael Merrill, Landon Hogue, Elysa Veta, Cooper Bridges, and Michaela Fullerton.
By Amy Shanahan, photos courtesy of RHMS student Zoe Wilson and Susie Ritter
Toe-tapping songs, a beloved story, and a cast and crew of one hundred middle school students were the perfect mix for another fabulous musical at Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS). The Music Man Junior enjoyed a three-day run in mid April to wonderful reviews by all who attended the sold-out shows.
The Music Man Junior tells the story of traveling salesman Harold Hill and his “seventy-six trombones”, who cons the good people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band. During his time in River City, Hill falls for Marian, the town librarian.
RHMS drama and vocal music teacher Susie Ritter directed the production and oversaw the ten-week process of putting on a show of this caliber. Approximately one hundred students performed in the show including Castle Pines resident and eighth grade student Logan Bakken, who had one of the starring roles. “Everyone felt included and supported,” Bakken remarked. “Rehearsals were fun and the performances were amazing! I’m sad it’s done.” RHMS students also held many of the key production roles including assistant director, choreographer, assistant costume designer and more.
This family-friendly show brought together students who may not have met otherwise. Castle Pines Village resident and sixth grade student Olivia Voss had a great time playing the part of a “pick-a-little woman.” “The best part of The Music Man was the sense of family that all of the cast had. I felt like by the end of it, I was very close friends with everyone!” Voss said.
Eighth grade student Logan Bakken played the role of Mayor Shinn in the musical and felt that the experience was amazing. “The whole cast grew together like a family!” Bakken stated.