SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Professor Harold Hill is his band to Jonathan Dayton High School, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 24-26, when the CAU Community Players, a unique troupe of actors both with and without disabilities, will be performing "The Music Man, Jr."
Show times are 7:30 p.m. June 24 and 25 and 2:00 p.m. June 26. Tickets are $10 and are available by visiting www.showtix4u.com or by calling Alyssa Mistretta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-354-3040, ext. 205.
The CAU Community Players was formed in 2012 to allow members of Community Access Unlimited (CAU) with disabilities to engage in the pleasures of acting, singing and dancing side-by-side with people from the wider community and to be judged for their talents rather than their disabilities. This year's cast includes more than 80 members from Union County and neighboring counties, split between CAU members with disabilities and participants from outside the agency, both with and without disabilities.
"The Music Man, Jr." is the story of con man Harold Hill who poses as a boys band organizer and leader to sell instruments and uniforms to the naïve Iowa townsfolk, all the while planning to skip town after the sale before teaching the boys to play. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, she falls in love with him. In the end, Harold stays and somehow gets the boys to play. Despite their limited ability, their parents and the townspeople are enraptured by the sight of the buys playing music.
"This is a play about acceptance, overcoming personal challenges and the beauty and magic of performance," said Marguerite Modero, director the CAU's Academy of Continuing Education and director of the CAU Community Players. "Each year we select a play that carries the message of inclusion, acceptance and believing on yourself, a theme that is at the very heart of our troupe."