Was that the Wells Fargo Wagon a-coming down the street? It was! The Music Man, the first ever, full-length, live musical to be presented outdoors at the Civic Center Park Amphitheater played on June 19, 20 and 21! The event was presented by Hannett-Thorn-Productions and the Town of Apple Valley. About 900 people came out to watch on Thursday night, with another 1100+ total on Friday and Saturday nights.
Harold Hill, the con-man who sells instruments and uniforms, was played by Robert Keil Blomker II. Marian “The Librarian” Paroo, was played by Ammiel Hamrick. The whole River City gang featured a cast of more than 30 performers.
The audience sang along to songs such as “Ya Got Trouble (Right Here in River City)” and “76 Trombones” from the popular score.
The performances were free to the public, thanks to many generous community sponsors, including Mr. Richard Rorex, Walmart, Parsons and Security Paving, Apple Valley Communications, Choice Medical Group, Greiner Buick GMC, and Best, Best and Krieger. Additional support was provided by Dokken Engineering, Solution Strategies, Shear Realty and Burrtec. Production support was provided by Davida James, executive director of the Victor Valley Arts and Education Center.
Hannett-Thorn-Productions has been providing live musical theater to the High Desert since 2009. They recently produced Les Mis, and were the first community theater group in Southern California to secure the rights to this production.
Concerts coming up in Apple Valley are: July 10 – Silverados, July 24 – Big Fat Steve Band; July 31 – Phoenix Rising; Aug. 7 – Latin Express; Aug. 14 – Lady & The Tramps. Bring a lawn chair. A beer garden and concessions are available.