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Music Man’ coming to Pollard Theater Center after 2-year hiatus

On Friday, cast and crew members of the upcoming Pollard Theater Center performances of ‘The Music Man” visited with East Texas Now host Jeremy Butler about the
Published: Mar. 25, 2022 at 4:37 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - On Friday, cast and crew members of the upcoming Pollard Theater Center performances of ‘The Music Man” visited with East Texas Now host Jeremy Butler about the challenges of putting the production together after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the ETN hit, Butler was joined by KLTV’s own Stephen Rainwater, Katherine Clem, who plays Marian the librarian, director Amanda Spangler, and music director Jayne Brown.

“I play the Music Man, Professor Harold Hill,” Rainwater said. “Professor Harold Hill is a professional conman that is coming in on a train to romance and charm the pants off the residents of River City, Iowa. His big thing is to get them out of the terrible trouble the city is in and to fix that, they need a boy’s band. It’s all a dog and pony show until he meets the wonderful and charming Marian, the librarian.”

Rainwater said in the musical, Marian sees right through Hill’s act, yet she falls for him anyway.

Stephen Rainwater talks about the Pollard Theater Center's production of "The Music Man."...
Stephen Rainwater talks about the Pollard Theater Center's production of "The Music Man." (Source: KLTV Staff)(KLTV Staff)

About two years ago, the Pollard Theater Center decided to put the show on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rainwater was one of the original cast members.

“Obviously, it was very, very disappointing, especially for me, personally,” Rainwater said. “If you have a bucket list of musical theater roles, Harold Hill was near the top of my list. Hugh Jackman plays him right now on Broadway, and he’s my hero.”

Rainwater said that being able to come back in and do it again with a fresh set of eyes, a new director, new choreography, and a new take on things has been a “really therapeutic, full-circle blessing” for him.

Spangler said the experience of stepping into the role of the production’s director after its hiatus was like nothing she has ever done before.

“The process was quite interesting,” Spangler said.

The show’s director said she had to learn how to use its set, which had already been built. She added that the music had already been cut and where it needed to be two years ago.

“As a director of a show that I’m putting my hands on for the first time, I had to not only work with my vision but the vision of those who were a part of it two years ago to make sure we can incorporate all those in a really nice marriage of different ideas and make sure it all goes to plan.”

“The Music Man” will be performed at the Founder’s Center which is located at 3030 Copeland Road in Tyler. The show will run from March 31 through April 3. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. on March 31 and April 1. On April 2, there will be shows at 2:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. The last show will be at 2:30 p.m. on April 3.

For tickets, visit this link and use the keyword, Pollard.

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