When there’s trouble in River City, the fictional town’s barbershop quartet will surely be singing about it — and the Pick-A-Little ladies will have something to say about it. A group of talented Hartland High School students will entertain audiences as the bickering businessmen and gossipy society ladies in Hartland Drama Club’s production of “The Music Man.”
The Barbershop Quartet comprises seniors Adam Brozowski as Ewart Dunlop and Bryce Hendriksen as Olin Britt; junior Carson Lampert as Oliver Hix and freshman David Samson as Jacey Squires. The four main Pick-A-Littles are senior and Student Producer Kaylee Furge as Ethel Toffelmier; senior Bailey McPherson as Maud Dunlop; sophomore Anabel Persons as Alma Hix and freshman Annah Stang as Mrs. Squires.
We caught up with the cast members to ask them about their involvement with Drama Club and the charming, all-American musical.
Q. How has being a part of Drama Club shaped your high school experience?
Persons: I’ve become such a better actress in the past two years, with the inspiration of my fellow actors and the extremely helpful advice from [“The Music Man” Director] Mr. Usher. I’ve also made so many new, wonderful friends, whom I am so grateful for.
Q. What do you find particularly challenging about this production?
Brozowski: The biggest challenge for a quartet member is getting the harmonies to sound just right. It’s some of the most challenging music I have learned, but I’m glad to have three other very talented members to help me along.
Q. What is the key to working together as part of a group?
Furge: Take all ideas into consideration and give everyone a chance to speak their mind about something. We also have to listen to one another when we sing so that one of us isn’t overpowering the others or that whoever is speaking can be heard.
Q. What have you learned from each other through this process?
McPherson: There are people in this troupe with hearts bigger than their heads. Even when they themselves are busy or struggling, they always find time to be kind in small, important ways, beyond what is expected, and it is always nice to be reminded to be a little kinder than you have to be.
Samson: It takes teamwork to put something like this together. You can’t just be a one-man show.
Q. Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?
Lampert: “Music is the greatest good that mortals know, and all of heaven we have below.”
Stang: “Do it afraid.” I’ve missed out on so many wonderful experiences in my life out of fear. There’s something beautiful about doing something even through terror. It forces you to grow as a person.
Q. What do you hope audiences will take away from this performance?
Hendriksen: It’s not easy to harmonize with three other guys and we definitely had our struggles getting the correct notes — but we’ve been practicing our hearts out, so the audience will hear something they’ve never heard before from a group of high schoolers.
The Hartland Drama Club Troupe #4213 is presenting Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27; at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, and Saturday, May 4; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $13 for seniors and students, and available for purchase at www.hartlanddramaclub.weebly.com. For every ticket sold for the Thursday, May 2, performance, $1 will be donated to the Humane Society of Livingston County. All performances will be held at Hartland High School, 10635 Dunham Road, Hartland.