By Carolyn Grygla

Six o’clock Friday morning found not only director Linda Alderman, but the full cast of rehearsing actors, actresses and musicians cheerfully going through their lines and songs. “Come on people, we’ve been doing this for a month!” said director Alderman, when someone dropped a line. 

Four weeks of early hours and daily rehearsals have not dampened anyone’s enthusiasm, as fun and laughter could be heard scattered through the large cast.

The Kanab area seems to have a remarkable number of exceptionally-talented people who not only live here, but serve in remarkable ways. Certainly numbered among our talented elite is Linda Alderman, currently directing the upcoming production of The Music Man and her daughter and co-director Mariah Wheeler.

Linda Alderman and her husband Terry moved to Kanab for three reasons; to open a photography business, the Old Barn Theatre and the chimes to chime on the hour (we miss those chimes!) It was less than a year later that Alderman was performing at the Old Barn.

Alderman has performing in her blood. Her mother and her aunt were on stage, and her great aunt and uncle performed all over the country during the vaudeville era.

She began singing when she was eight years old and dove head first into musical theatre at an early age. Over the years, she captured parts like Eliza in “My Fair Lady,” Anna in “The King & I,” Julie in “Carousel,” and Fruma Sarah in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Alderman has been involved with film, radio and television. She has been directing Kanab High School Drama for 16 years and 10 years directing the multi-community musical sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has taught drama in the elementary school, and held drama camps during the summer for elementary age children. She loves working with children, youth and adults.

The complexities involved in bringing together the aspects of a production this size are a challenge and a joy to her.

This production year began with the birth of a new grandson. Mariah and her husband, Blaine Wheeler, had a baby boy in February. He’s at all the rehearsals. The Aldermans happily received the announcement of yet another grandson to be born to daughter Maggie and her husband Devin Reed the end of July.

Family first – Linda will need to help, so the talents of her well-qualified daughter Mariah will be much appreciated, as she will take over all directing responsibilities when Maggie and Devin’s little son is born.

Our actors are great! Our tech crew outstanding! Our orchestra magnificent!

The Music Man is a production you will not want to miss. Mark your calendar for August 5, 6 and 7 at the Kanab High School Auditorium. Advance tickets will be available a week in advance at the KHS box office. Contact Mary Glazier.