What does River City, Iowa, have in common with Kanab, Utah? If you guessed flim-flam man Harold Hill and Marion the Librarian, you would be right!

On August 5, 6, and 7, at the Kanab High School Auditorium, the Kanab Utah Stake and the Kanab Kaibab Utah Stake will present the full stage production of The Music Man, under the capable direction of Linda Alderman and co-director Mariah Alderman Wheeler. Alderman is the head of the KHS Drama Department. Kortney Stirland, director of the local Symphony of the Canyons, directs the pit orchestra. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.00 and can be purchased in advance at the KHS box office in Kanab, or at the door.

The production pulls in talent from as far north as Alton, Utah, and as far south as Cane Beds, Arizona, creating an energizing mix in the cast, as well as remarkable talent from what could be considered a small population to draw from. The actors, musicians and staff have dedicated their summer to The Music Man, with Monday through Friday 6 a.m. practices, allowing everyone to get to their places of employment on time.

This is the fifteenth bi-annual musical production, beginning in 1984 with the first musical, which was also The Music Man. In 2006, Annie Get Your Gun was performed, with Beauty and The Beast in 2008.

Kortney Stirland, who also led the orchestra for the first Music Man, said, “We’ve really improved in the last 15 years.” He notes that at least three orchestra members currently participating also did the first Music Man. That’s dedication!

The performances promise to be well done and highly entertaining. If you’re looking for a fun evening, put The Music Man on your calendar! Kanab High School is located at 59 E. Cowboy Drive in Kanab.