76 Trombones and a Big Parade
The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild (BTG) is celebrating their 75th anniversary with 76 Trombones and a big parade by presenting Meredith Willson’s The Music Man! Trouble in River City is coming for three weekends starting on January 20, 2017 through February 4, 2017.
In 1942, Rosemary (Nesbitt) Sinnett, then a high school senior, held a meeting in her home with a small group of friends. Rosemary’s idea was to “put on a play” for the community.
Rosemary and Ellen (Thompson) Davis went door-to-door and sold tickets to cover the royalties for their first production. “Tish” was produced in June, 1943 at the Palace Movie Theater in Baldwinsville. Every year after that BTG has been involved in community theater. In 1947, BTG was formally organized with a board of directors. The goal of the guild was to produce live theatre for the community using local talent. Well, 75 years later that goal is still alive and doing well.
The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild has grown into a very active, strong and recognized community theater group. They have successfully produced many aspects of theatre for the community such as drama, comedy, melodrama, theater in the round, children’s theater, dinner theater, workshops and musicals. Most recently it received eight (8) Syracuse Area Live Theater awards for its production of Sweeney Todd.
BTG is a non-profit organization and through the years has supported the Baldwinsville community in a variety of ways and has provided scholarships to a high school senior for the last 45 years.
The Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum in Baldwinsville will have a display of memorabilia, costumes, programs, posters and props from over the years during the month of January.
Henry Wilson, current President of the BTG, wanted to make this a very special celebration. “The first show I was ever in was The Music Man. It changed my life forever. I’m so very excited to be directing this incredibly talented cast and to bring this funny, warm, romantic and touching musical to life!” said Wilson.
Tickets are available now for this family friendly show. They can be reserved by calling 315-877-8465 or online at baldwinsvilletheatreguild.org. This Tony Award winning musical, The Music Man, can be seen at the Presbyterian Education Center in Baldwinsville.
The Music Man is presented with special arrangements through Music Theatre International (MTI). It is directed by Henry Wilson, music directed by Colin Keating and co-produced by Jodi Wilson and Mark Baker.
About The Music Man:
The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to the naive Iowa townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. But Harold is no musician and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall in love. Harold risks being caught to win her.