Gala planned for "Music Man" opening at THT

MIDDLEBURY - Before Town Hall Theater closed down for renovations in 2005, the THT Gala had become an annual must-see event. The celebratory evening returns on Thursday, Nov. 19, with the opening night performance of Middlebury Community Player's production of "The Music Man". An elegant reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m. At intermission, guests will be treated to desserts and champagne.

"I've been wanting to produce this beautiful piece of Americana for a long time," said Doug Anderson, Executive Director of THT and director of "The Music Man". "It's a perfect way to celebrate our successful first year."

An all-American institution since its debut in 1957, The Music Man has one of the great Broadway scores, including "Goodnight, My Someone," "Till There Was You," and the stirring "76 Trombones." It's the story of the ultimate con man, Harold Hill, and the librarian who stops him in his tracks. The production stars Nikki Juvan as Marian and Bill Bickford as Harold Hill, and is sponsored by the Orton Family Foundation.

Tickets to the Opening Night Gala of "The Music Man" are $50, and are available through the THT Box Office by calling 382-9222, online at www.townhalltheater.org, or in person on at the theater on Merchants Row, Middlebury (Mon-Sat, noon-5 pm)

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