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'Music Man' auditions Thursday, Saturday

When traveling salesman Harold Hill rides into River City, Iowa in 1912, he meets and falls in love with the willful, spinster librarian, Marian Paroo.

With his fast-talking style, "Professor" Harold Hill convinces the townspeople that unless they adopt his revolutionary music program, the youngsters of River City will be forever doomed. He gets the parents to buy instruments and expensive uniforms in order to form the River City Boys Band.

Chaos ensues as Hill's credentials are questioned and he is called upon to prove himself to the citizens of River City.

That's the storyline in Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man," one of America's most loved musicals. Decatur Civic Chorus will stage it in March. Auditions are Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. at Fort Decatur.

"We need a large cast of adults and teens. They also are roles for children," said DCA Executive Director Sue Van Landingham.

Those planning to audition should prepare a song that showcases their vocal range and ability. They also should be prepared to read from the script.

Betty Rocha will direct the show, which includes such popular tunes as "76 Trombones," " 'Til There Was You" and "Gary, Indiana."

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