TRUMAN - There may not be quite 76 trombones in the big parade, or 110 cornets close at hand, but the Stagemasters production of The Music Man, Jr. is right around the corner.
The story follows con-man Harold Hill as he sells instruments to the people of River City, Iowa, promising, but not intending, to lead a band.
His plans to skip town come crashing down around him when he falls for his love, Marian, and hilarity ensues.
Director Steve Schlager chose the play for the annual production because it is a crowd pleaser. Since it was his first year directing without an assistant director, he wanted to have something familiar.
"This is the first year we have done the play without my trusty assistant Kathy Krumwiede," he said.
Krumwiede retired from the program last year.
The 35 actors hail mostly from Truman, and have all completed third through eighth grade. Practice started not long after school ended, with students working from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the past two weeks.
The Stagemaster production is a local favorite, and typically sells out the school's auditorium.
Tickets are available from any cast member prior to the show for $4 for a student and $6 for adults. Tickets at the door are $1 more.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Truman school auditorium.