URBANA — The Urbana Park District's Youth Summer Theatre program will present a classic American musical, Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," this upcoming weekend at the Urbana High School theater.
Members of the Urbana Pops Orchestra will perform the music.
Director Kyle A. Thomas, who is new to the Youth Summer Theatre program, said in a news release that he has been excited to work with kids who have a passion for performing.
"One of the great things about the Urbana Park District Youth Summer Theatre is that we expect a lot from the kids," he said. "We do full-scale musicals and treat them as we would treat professional performers.
"They put in a lot of rehearsal, and it shows."
The cast features children ages 8 to 18 from throughout the area. They have rehearsed since the first week of June, with many of them at rehearsal four nights a week.
"We are having a lot of fun as we get ready, and that will be reflected in the performances," Thomas said.
The main cast members are Andrew Lee of Champaign as Prof. Harold Hill; Sam Reiss of Sidney, Mayor Shinn; Emily Oldham of Urbana, Ulalie Shinn; Madison Gardner of Savoy, Zanetta Shinn; Natalie Bina of Champaign, Marian Paroo; Isabella Dallas of Urbana, Mrs. Paroo; Gideon Johnson of Urbana, Winthrop Paroo; Andrew Sullender of Tuscola, Marcellus Washburn; and Paula Lyding of Champaign, Tommy Djilas.
The performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens and $7 for children 12 and younger. They may be purchased at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U, or by calling 367-1544 and using a credit card.