The Music Man

jul 14 - aug 6, 2017
Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Wilson
Story by Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey

There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian.

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.


Harold Hill
Brad Church
Marian Paroo
Katy Merriman
Dean Messerly
Mayor Shinn
Brian Bopp
Eulalie Shinn
Preshia Paulding
Mrs. Paroo
Melanie Hall
Tommy Djilas
Keaton Lane
Zaneeta Shinn
Taylor Millar
Charlie Cowell
Michael Garrison
Jacey Squires
Greg Kephart
Ewart Dunlop
Kyle Bochart
Oliver Hix
Tyler Hackman
Olin Britt
Rob Larsen
Ethel Toffelmier
Charissa Hamel
Maud Dunlop
Jennifer Phelps
Mrs. Squires
Sue Breen-Held
Constable Locke
Brian Dowd
Winthrop Paroo
Jack Gabby
Tess Meggison
Gracie Shinn
Kelsie Anderson
Alma Hix
Elysa Koss
Adult Ensemble
Kevin Allemagne
Jonathan Binion
Alison Buechler
Jillian Gabby
Molly Hackman
Chad Hart
Taylor Peecksen
Zechariah Pitcher
Maggie Schmitt
Connor Smalley
Youth Ensemble
Luke Agey
Jonathan Allemagne
Madeline Allemagne
Alice Anderson
Leah Black
Caitlyn Dean
Will Johnson
Jonah Larsen
Hannah Martin
Joseph Maxwell
Najma Bablawa Sharaff

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
Kill Date: Aug. 6, 2017
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Presents “Meredith Willson’s The Music Man”
Photos available beginning July 5, 2017 at 
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director,, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man,” July 14-Aug. 6, 2017. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St.

There’s trouble in River City! Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill (Brad D. Church) cons Iowa-stubborn citizens by convincing them to purchase instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band. But his plans to skip town with the money are thwarted when he meets Marian (Katy Merriman), the librarian, and falls in love… first with her, and then with the town. “The Music Man” is Meredith Willson’s tribute to his home state, and one of the Playhouse’s most-requested musicals.

The Playhouse cast includes Luke Agey, Jonathan Allemagne, Dr. Kevin Allemagne, Madeline Rose Allemagne, Alice Anderson, Kelsie Anderson, JJ Binion, Leah Black, Kyle Bochart, Brian Bopp, Susan Breen-Held, Alison Buechler, Caitlyn Dean, Brian Dowd, Jack Gabby, Jillian Michelle Gabby, Michael Garrison, Molly Hackman, Tyler Hackman, Melanie Hall, Charissa L. Hamel, Will C. Johnson, Greg Kephart, Elysa Koss, Keaton Lane, Jonah Larsen, Rob Larsen, Hannah Martin, Joseph Maxwell, Tess Meggison, Dean Messerly, Taylor Miillar, Preshia Paulding, Jennifer Phelps, Zechariah Pitcher, Taylor Rose, Maggie Schmitt, Najma Sharaff, and Connor Smalley. “The Music Man” is directed and choreographed by Steven Flaa, with musical direction by Brenton Brown.


The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and “The Music Man,” contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man'” Performances: July 14-Aug. 6, 2017
7:30 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays
2:00 PM Sundays
2:00 PM, Sunday, July 23, 2017, performance has live audio description provided by IRIS

Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man'” Tickets
Ticket prices start at $29
To purchase tickets:
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312