‘The Music Man’ in Carndonagh

'The Music Man' will be performed by Carndonagh Musical Society.
'The Music Man' will be performed by Carndonagh Musical Society.

Musical to be presented at the Colgan Hall

The show will open on Wednesday, March 25th and will run for five nights, until Sunday, March 29th.

‘The Music Man’ is the story of con man Harold Hill, played by John McLachlan.

Harold travels to the small town of River City, Iowa, where he claims to be a professor of music.

He convinces the townspeople they need a boys’ band.

But, his plan is to skip town once the boys have paid for instruments and uniforms.

However, his plan is foiled when he falls for local librarian Marian Paroo, played by Danielle Cavanagh.

Both John and Danielle have a wealth of experience on the CMS stage having starred in both ‘Oliver’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in recent years.

The story continues as Hill runs into an old friend, Marcellus Washburn, played by Michael Mc Laughlin.

He tries to persuade Hill these folk won’t be easily fooled.

This, of course, piques Hill’s interest and he takes up the challenge with gusto.

River City’s Mayor Shinn, played by Albert Doherty, is not convinced and he asks the local school board members (Finbar Doherty, Kevin Mc Carron, Robert Andrews, Paul Mc Elhinney) to “get this man’s credentials.”

But the smooth-talking Hill wins over the school board and many of the other locals. These include the mayor’s wife Eulalie Shinn, played by Karen McLaughlin, Mrs Paroo played by Geraldine Mooney and Winthorp Paroo played by the young Olan Mc Laughlin.

Guiding a great Inishowen cast and crew of 80 members is Aideen Doherty as Director, Dr Helen Haughey as musical Director and Marian Hennigan Chorographer.

With a mix of familiar faces, new members, adults and children, the show features plenty of show-stopping dance numbers and instantly recognisable songs like ‘76 trombones’, ‘Trouble’ and ‘Good Night Sweet Heart’.

As rehearsals progress, the community spirit in Inishowen is, as always, very evident.

Those behind ‘The Music Man’ say the support received from the community is “just tremendous and greatly appreciated.”

Tickets for the musical are now on sale from Doherty’s Newsagents (Fintan’s), Carndonagh from this Monday 9th March.

Admission is ten euro for adults and five euro for children.

As this musical is expected to be a big attraction, booking is absolutely essential.

The show has been described as “a delight for all the family.”

The Music Man is based on a story by Meredith Wilson and Frabklin Lacey with music and lyrics by Wilson. The Carndonagh cast have been working hard in rehearsals and all support is appreciated.