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Woodbury Community Theatre's production of "The Music Man" will open July 12 at the Loft Stage. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.

Woodbury Community Theatre will be celebrating the power of music next week with its summer musical.

“The Music Man,” which opens July 12 at the Loft Stage at East Ridge High School, tells the story of con-man Harold Hill who goes from town to town selling band instruments by convincing citizens that he can teach them to play in a magnificent marching band, but skips town before the instruments arrive. This time around Hill didn’t count on falling in love with the local librarian and the town.

“I love the honesty of the town,” director Marcie Berglund said. “It’s a fun depiction of middle America in 1912.”

Berglund said WCT chose the play for this summer’s musical because it is a fun family show that could use actors of all ages.

In total, “The Music Man” will have a cast of around 60.

Having that large of a cast, Berglund said, has proven to pose some unique challenges.

“It’s hard having a cast of 60 with conflicts because you don’t have the consistency of attendance all the time,” she said. “Also, trying to place 60 people on stage in an interesting way is not an easy task.”

One challenge that Berglund said she wasn’t expecting with “The Music Man” was the technical side of the show, specifically the sets and the costumes.

“It’s not until you actually see it that you realize what a big undertaking it is,” she said.

Berglund said the biggest challenge with the sets and costumes is that both gradually become brighter and more colorful as the show progresses.

“It’s a story of redemption, so it starts out with dull colors and gets brighter as the town discovers fun, music and the arts,” she said.

Since “The Music Man” is such a classic and traditional show, Berglund said she hasn’t taken too many liberties with the script.

“I always like to put my own stamp on any show I do,” she said. “So, I’ll be doing staging that you don’t always see. I can’t stray too far from the original, but I do a little bit.”

Berglund said she is excited to see the whole show come together on opening night.

“It’s fun to see it all put together,” she said.

Come opening night, Berglund said audiences can “expect to see the traditional ‘Music Man.’”

“There will be great music and great dancing,” she said. “It’ll be a great musical.” 

Woodbury Community Theatre’s production of “The Music Man” will run July 12-13 and July 19-20 at 7 p.m., July 14 at 3 p.m. and July 18 at 1 p.m. at the Loft Stage at East Ridge High School. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students. Children 4 years old and under are free. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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