By Stacy Knoderer
Olivet’s theater company has decided to perform the Music Man again, in a special rendition called ‘The Man.’ The time it will be performed without the music. Yes, you read it right. Without the music. Since the Music Man was such a hit, the cast, crew, and director, decided that they want to perform the show again.
“We had so much fun performing in the show, it only seemed natural to do a second set of performances” said extra Sally McDonald.
Deciding to do the show again was the easy part, the hard part was coming up with a way to make it interesting enough to draw in another large audience. What better way, then to leave out the music, leaving a certain intrigue. How can a musical be performed without music? Especially one with music in the title? Well that is a good question, the performances will speak for themselves.
The actors will be focusing more on their acting abilities as opposed to their singing abilities, and the pit will no longer be needed. However, many of them will appear as extras on the stage, making their acting debuts. For those who do not like music, they have a lot to look forward to. There will not be even one note of music throughout the entire show.
Upon hearing about these new set of performances, English education student Lindsay Miller called the idea, “a wonderful artistic experiment.”
This is something that has never been done before. A musical being performed without the music is a new concept, and Olivet Nazarene University hopes to start a new trend. If the second round of shows is a success who knows how many colleges will latch on to this idea?
Matt Jones also seems to have high hopes for the new set of performances. Matt played the Mayor in the original showing.
“I could not be more pleased to be a part of this breakthrough production. My hopes are that through removing the music from this American classic we can lift the weight off its shoulders to unearth a draw dropping play: The Man. I was thrilled when they asked me to reprise the role of Mayor Shinn. The audience is in for the music-less experience of a lifetime,” Jones said.
Jones also stated that the idea behind this new set of performances, had been thrown around for a while. The cast, crew, and director put a lot of careful consideration into going through with these performances. This was by no means a snap decision.
All of the original cast members have agreed to return to grace the stage with their talent. They will begin practices shortly.
The show is set to perform on April 24, 25, 26, and 27. Tickets go on sale March 24.