Several St. Louis Park residents are participating in performances of the classic play “The Music Man” in a Eat Street Players production in Minneapolis.
A lively intergenerational cast takes the stage in this classic musical about a small town turned upside down when a scheming salesman rolls into town. Meredith Willson’s “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 band he vows to organize – despite the fact 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.
St. Louis Park residents include Lauri Kraft, Adam King and Kara Schrapp. Nina Johnson graduated from St. Louis Park Senior High School but is no longer a resident.
Kraft has performed locally with Theater Latte Da and Skylark Opera. Previously, she performed in Washington, D.C., in productions including “Evita,” “Gypsy,” “Steel Pier,” “42nd Street” and “Bat Boy.” She toured nationally in “A Chorus Line.” She will star as Marian Paroo, the female lead role in the production.
King has recently performed in “Pirates of Penzance” at Mounds View Community Theatre and “The Lark” at Theatre in the Round. He is one of the members of the barbershop quartet Olin Britt.
Schrapp has performed with the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company in “H.M.S. Pinafore” and “Patience” and with the Minnetonka Theatre in “Sound of Music.” She is featured as a “Pick A Little Lady” in an ensemble in “The Music Man.”
Johnson describes herself as a wife, mother, sex education teacher, and lover of all things related to Broadway. She is also featured as a “Pick A Little Lady” in the ensemble.
The Eat Street Players production will have shows Aug. 30 and 31 and Sept. 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 15 at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, 1900 Nicollet Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Sunday shows are at 1 p.m.; all other performances are at 7:30 p.m.
For tickets, visit eatstreetplayers.org or call 612-568-8677. Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors 65 years old or older and students. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $8.
Eat Street Players began as a revival of Theater 1900, the resident theater company in the Howard Conn Theater at Plymouth Congregational Church. In 2005, a new company formed to take up the mission.