Central Wyoming College stages The Music Man, the Tony-winning musical Feb. 28-March 2 at the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre. There are 7:30 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Art provided. (Riverton, Wyo.) - The Music Man, Central Wyoming College’s spring musical, is a light-hearted throwback to a simpler time of brass bands and Fourth of July Americana. CWC Theater Director Mike Myers said the story is based on the author Meredith Willson’s boyhood home of Mason City, Iowa, and says it is a musical that has withstood the test of time. The large cast takes audiences back to the forgotten world of passenger trains, picnics in the park and barbershop quartets as it presents the Tony Award-winning show Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2 in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre. Myers said Willson was born in 1902, and the sights and sounds and the people of small town Iowa would remain with him all his life. “Much of his childhood influenced the feel of the musical,” Myers said, suggesting that Willson’s childhood was frozen in time. The director gave the cast a dictionary of lost-to-history terms and products used in the play, such as firkin, a small barrel used to store butter, and ...

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