Ge­n­e­sius Kids present ‘The Mu­sic Man Kids.’

Fea­tur­ing tal­ents ages 6 to 12 from all across Berks

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Per­form­ing at Ge­n­e­sius Theatre, 153 N. 10th St., Read­ing, the Ge­n­e­sius pro­duc­tion of “The Mu­sic Man Kids” is part of a se­ries of­fered by Mu­sic Theatre In­ter­na­tional to take their big shows and tai­lor them down for chil­dren to per­form.

This very spe­cial adap­ta­tion af­fords these bright young tal­ents the unique op­por­tu­nity of be­ing in a theatri­cal pro­duc­tion. This ex­cerpted mu­si­cal for­mat has been an ex­cel­lent learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for each child, and many times, it’s the be­gin­ning of their the­ater train­ing. This scaled down mu­si­cal, of this clas­sic Broad­way hit, is ap­prox­i­mately 30 to 40 min­utes in length, but fo­cuses on the key el­e­ments of the larger show. Many of the teens that were just in the Ge­n­e­sius hit pro­duc­tion of “Thor­oughly Modern Mil­lie,” got their start in the GE­N­E­SIUS KIDS Jr. Mu­si­cal, and Sum­mer Camp Pro­gram. The other unique item about this year’s Mu­sic Man Kids is we are be­ing very 2018 and sev­eral of the guy roles are be­ing played by older fe­males. Kind of re­verse Shake­spearean!

MU­SIC MAN KIDS Based on Mered­ith Will­son’s six-time-Tony-Award­win­ning mu­si­cal com­edy, fea­tures some of mu­si­cal theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fash­ioned ro­mance. The Mu­sic Man KIDS is fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwit­ter!

Mas­ter show­man Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trom­bones” in tow. Can up­right, up­tight Mar­ian, the town li­brar­ian, re­sist his pow­er­ful al­lure? The story fol­lows fasttalk­ing trav­el­ing sales­man, Harold Hill, as he cons the peo­ple of River City, Iowa, into buy­ing in­stru­ments and uni­forms for a boys’ band he vows to or­ga­nize. The catch? 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, whose be­lief in Harold’s power just might help him suc­ceed in the end in spite of him­self.

Mu­sic Man KIDS – fea­tures Book, Mu­sic and Lyrics by Mered­ith Wil­son, based on story by Mered­ith Wil­son and Franklin Lacey.

The show is be­ing di­rected by Sim­mon Fe­cho, Mu­sic Di­rected by Dara Himes, Chore­ographed by Caitlin Whe­lan, with Stage Man­age­ment by Ash­ley Calderon.

The Lead­ing Cast Mem­bers in­clude: Harold Hill Gretchen Him­lin, Mar­ian Pa­roo - Ellen Rochlin, Mrs. Pa­roo - Sophia Ot­tinger, Winthrop Pa­roo - Syd­ney Ma­her, Amaryl­lis - Hazel Sensenig, Alma Hix - Brind­ley Kob­u­lar­cik, Char­lie Cowell - Ri­ley Mat­tes, Mar­cel­lus Wash­burn - Mon­tana Kindlick, Mayor Shinn - Se­dona Loose, Eu­lalie Shinn -, Made­lyn Suppa, Za­neeta Shinn – Mar­lee Fraser, Gracie Shinn - Kaylee Gall.

Ge­n­e­sius is a 501-C-3 Non-Profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. The Ge­n­e­sius, 2016 Sea­son, is spon­sored by Sandy Sol­mon and Doug Messinger of Sweet Street Desserts.

Mu­sic Man KIDS opens March 29 at 7:30 p.m. and runs March 30 at 7:30 p.m., March 31 at 2 p.m., 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. Tick­ets for sale at the door on the day of the event. Pro­duc­tion is G-RATED.

Ge­n­e­sius Theatre, 153 North 10th Street, Read­ing, is hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble and there is free park­ing (lim­ited spa­ces avail­able) next to the the­ater. For more in­for­ma­tion, call the the­ater at 610-371-8151.

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Gretchin Him­lin as Harold Hill and Ellen Rochlin as Mar­ian Pa­roo.

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Hazel Sensenig as Amaryl­lis and Syd­ney Ma­her as Winthrop Pa­roo.

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With trom­bones Mon­tana Kindlick and Syd­ney Ma­her and back - Gretchin Him­lin as Harold Hill.

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