Assumption Students to Perform The Music Man at Hanover Theatre
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The show will take place from April 21 to the 23.
“We are excited to once again return to The Hanover Theatre to perform one of America’s most loved musicals. The Music Man affords Assumption College the opportunity to showcase the great artistic talent of its students and that of many members of the Worcester community. We are very much looking forward to bringing our unique version of the outstanding musical to life on one of Worcester’s biggest, and most historic, stages,” said the production’s director and producer Richard Monroe ’85, an Assumption alumnus and the College’s guest theater director.
The Music Man
The Music Man was inspired by Willson’s childhood growing up in Mason City, Iowa. The story follows con man, "Professor" Harold Hill, who convinces the parents of River City, Iowa, to buy instruments and uniforms for their children with the promise to train them. However, Harold is no musician and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons.
Chaos ensues as Harold's credentials are questioned by Marian, the town’s librarian and piano teacher, and he is called upon to prove himself to the citizens of River City.
In 1957, The Music Man was a Broadway hit, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the cast album won the first Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
The show's success led to a number of revivals, including a long-running 2000 Broadway revival, a popular 1962 film adaptation and a 2003 television remake.
Assumption Students in Lead Roles
The following Assumption Students will take on lead roles:
Mitchell Hudon '20, of Danielson, CT, will play Harold Hill. Mitchell is a prospective psychology major with a concentration in brain, behavior, and cognition and is a class senator in the Student Government Association. He has been involved in theatre since he was eight years old, and his previous productions include Annie, Grease, Guys and Dolls, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz, and played the role of Harold Hill in his high school’s production of The Music Man.
Kelse Bright Merrill ’17, of Wynantskill, NY, will play Mayor George Shinn. He is a history major, minoring in art history and medieval and early modern studies at Assumption. Kelse’s past roles include Avram in Fiddler on the Roof, Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple, Teddy Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, and the Pirate King in last year’s production of The Pirates of Penzance.
Brooke Mega '18, of Hudson, will play Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn. She is a human services and rehabilitation studies major and a music minor and has performed in Assumption’s previous productions of Fiddler on the Roof and The Pirates of Penzance. Brooke is an active member of the Social Justice Ambassadors club, Chorale, VOCE, and recently participated in a service trip to Florida.
Sarah Mombourquette ’17, of Whitinsville, will play Marian Paroo. She is double majoring in music and psychology, is president of the Social Justice Ambassadors club, has led two Service Immersion SEND service trips, and is a member of Chorale and VOCE. Sarah previously performed as Mabel in last year’s The Pirates of Penzance and in ensemble roles in the College’s productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Les Miserables.
Jackie Weiler ’17, of Northborough, will play Mrs. Paroo. She is a double major in English and secondary/middle education and has continued her love for the arts at Assumption with her performances as Grandma Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, as Kate in The Pirates of Penzance.
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One of the best parts about Spring and Summer is the return of Waterfire
Providence WaterFire has grown to be an iconic Rhode Island event. Starting out in 1994 to celebrate it has grown to run continuously, once a month, from May-November and boasts over 80 blazing fires in the middle of the Providence River.
Playing Golf at Harbor Lights
Tee it up at Harbor Lights Country Club and dive right into golf season.
The Spring is a great time to get warmed up and get some swings in before the heart of the season hits in the summer.
Enjoy being back out on the course. Save the super serious golf for the summer.
Lower Heating Bills
As winter will come to a close New Englanders could look forward to spending less money on heating bills.
Although the bitter cold is hitting New England hard, and also therefore hitting their wallets hard, this brutal cold streak will soon come to an end and we'll be able to turn down our thermostats save some cash.
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Get your rods and reels ready because with the approach of warmer weather comes the return of fishing seasons. While some New England states allow for fishing year round, many New England states have opening days for trout fishing that begin in early April. Although there is still a plentiful amount of snow on the ground, fishing season is right around the corner.
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Bicycling on the Central Mass Rail Trail
Once the streets are clear of ice and snow and the temperatures rise, one of the most fun things to do in New England is to jump on a bike and go for a nice long ride. There are plenty of bike paths to explore at your leisure, and many cities like Providence, Boston, and Worcester are beginning to make city streets much more bike friendly.
The Volvo Ocean Race is a 45,000 nautical mile sailing race that takes its teams around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 Host Cities.
The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover will be a chance for visitors to view the world’s top sailors and race boats during the 12-day event in Newport.
The Newport Stopover will take place from May 8 to the 20.
Walking the Newport Cliff Walk
The Cliff Walk is one of Newport’s most famous attractions is its gilded age mansions lining the coast. Entry to the mansions will cost a fee, but with the Cliff Walk, you can enjoy views of the mansions with amazing views of the water all for free.
The 3.5 mile long path runs behind the mansions on the eastern shore of Newport. It is a National Recreation Trail – the first in New England! The majority of the walk is easy, but be sure to wear good shoes; the sand can make the path slippery.
Outdoor Dining at Boat House Restaurant in Newport
Newport Restaurant Group made this a must-visit spot several years ago and now the expected accolades have followed.
The views of Mount Hope Bay are unparalleled.
Enjoy a nice glass of wine with some lobster fritters that had sweet corn and a chipotle mayo and followed that with pan-roasted George’s Bank scallops with a delightful spring pea risotto, pea greens from Allen Farm and a citrus emulsion.
Spring Vacation on Block Island
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the world and take a spring vacation to Block Island and enjoy all they have to offer.
Maybe a spa? a swim? Some shopping? there are plenty of options.
If Block Island doesn't do it for you, Newport is also a great place to take a break.
Or maybe do both.
Visiting Arcadia National Park in Maine
People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park.
The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast.
Visit Acadia and hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.
The 7th annual Newport Craft Beer Festival is set for Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at Newport Storm Brewery.
The event will bring in brewers from as far away as California and as close as Newport.
It is a 21+ celebration.
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