The Music Man opens Mainstage Series

Performances benefit LINKS, an organization that recycles used instruments for music students in Greater Cincinnati | October 12, 2004

Xavier Players opens its Mainstage Series with the escapades of Harold Hill, the fast-talking traveling salesman, in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. The show runs during the University’s Family Weekend, Oct. 21-24, 7:30 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Junior Joe Ring plays the role of Harold Hill, who cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band he promises to organize, despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef.

This is Ring’s eighth production with the Xavier Players. He also appeared as the Emcee in Cabaret, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Silenus in Cyclops and Reverend Shaw in Footloose. Ring also serves as financial affairs chair on the student senate.

Hill’s plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for River City’s librarian, Marian, portrayed by junior Elizabeth Brewers, a vocal performance major. While this is her first performance with Xavier Players, she has appeared in several musicals, including Children of Eden at Saint Xavier Theatre, Footloose at the Aronoff Center, Li'l Abner at Cincinnati Young People's Theatre, and most recently, Jekyl and Hyde with Showbiz Players.

In addition to performances, Xavier Players is partnering with Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) to provide instruments to music students throughout Greater Cincinnati. Xavier Players will accept donations of used instruments at any performance and LINKS will recycle them for future use. The donated instruments are refurbished at no charge by repair technicians at Buddy Roger’s Music.

Tickets are on sale at the Xavier Players box office (513 745-3939). Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

For more information about LINKS please call 513 729-1950.