Patio Playhouse stages ‘Music Man’ in Kit Carson Park

In an addition to the 9th Annual Plays in the Park Summer Series at Kit Carson Park Amphitheater in Escondido, Patio Playhouse presents Meredith Willson’s family favorite, “Music Man,” through Saturday, Aug. 25.

“The Music Man” is the story of con man Harold Hill, played by Bob Himlin of Poway, who travels to River City, Iowa, with the intent of convincing the townspeople to create a boys’ band to keep kids out of trouble.

His plan is to disappear once the families have paid for the instruments and uniforms—and it is going as intended until he meets and falls for the lovely town librarian, Marian Paroo, portrayed charmingly by Shelly Yaeger of Carmel Valley.

Marian recognizes Harold Hill for the con man that he is. Will the music man skip town with the cash as intended, or will he be forced to face the tune of his own music?

Often called one of the best-loved family-friendly plays of the 20th century, “The Music Man” overflows with familiar songs including “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Till There was You,” and “Goodnight, My Someone.”

The production also features J.R. Reynolds as Marcellus Washburn, David Guthrie as Mayor Shinn, Cathy Himlin as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, and Heidi Breuer as Mrs. Paroo, as well as the School Board Barbershop Quartet, played by Jordan Malbrough/David Garstang, Steve Wade, Billy Tam, and Rick Benito.

Rounding out the cast are Keely Yaeger/David Voorcamp as the adorable Winthrop Paroo, Josh Meihaus as Tommy Djilas, Michaela Summers as Zaneeta Shinn, Shelby Grasser as Omarie Djilas, Brad Carson as Charlie Cowell, Abby Grasser/Julia Dawson as Amaryllis, and Madeline Ernst/Anya Ernst as Gracie Shinn.

Townspeople include Ellen Cooper, Brenda Johnson, Deb Wolfe, Connie Fischl, Scott Lopez, Hannah Henson, Jennifer Woodmansee, Katie Burlington, Gina Marie, Julio C. Mas, Val Kireyko, and Janet Gamble. The River City kids include Hayden Steiner, Nathaniel Gabbard, Owen Steiner, Emma Steiner, Danielle Dawson, Isabella Howell, Kathryn Dawson, Amanda Abler, Madison Wright, Annabelle Noland, Veronika Kireyko, Nadia Kireyko, and Thomas Voorcamp. The cast is joined by a 15-piece live orchestra conducted by Christian Tordahl.

All shows will be presented at Kit Carson Park Amphitheater at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway in Escondido, entrance on Mary Lane, with performances at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday throughout the run. Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors agess 60+ and students, and $10 for youth 16 and younger. For reservations, contact the Patio Playhouse box office at 760-746-6669 or online at

Directed by Richard Brousil and Evelyn Lamden, the show is produced by Brenda Townsend. Music direction is by Emily Awkerman and vocal direction by Cheryl Hernandez.

Patio Playhouse is Escondido’s only community theater. Established in 1967, it is located in the heart of Escondido. The company is an independent, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with any external body. To learn more about Patio Playhouse, visit or find its page on Facebook.

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Aug 15 2012. Filed under Arts/Entertainment. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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