“The Music Man” role shines spotlight on soprano Cayenne Teeter’s talent

Cayenne Teeter | Photo by Shi Lessner Photography

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The Hartland Drama Club Troupe #4213 presents Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” April 26-28 and May 2, 4 and 5. From now until opening night, we will be introducing you to members of the production. Today, we meet Cayenne Teeter, who plays Marian Paroo, who is a different twist on the traditional leading lady. 

American opera singer Renée Fleming once said, “I don’t want to be somebody who stands still and sings pretty. Each song is a world. Each song is a story.” Her words resonate with Hartland High School junior Cayenne Teeter, who brings her passion for storytelling through song to her leading role as Marian Paroo in the Drama Club’s production of “The Music Man.”

Teeter, who hopes to follow in Fleming’s footsteps and become a professional opera singer, says she had to overcome “awkwardness” to play the role of the conceited librarian and piano teacher.

“Marian’s vocabulary and way with words is quite challenging for me,” said the soprano, “since I have a slight stutter in my speech.”

Teeter has risen to the challenge, spending countless hours perfecting the demanding role. She said she’s inspired by the adult mentors in her life, whom she considers “beautiful people,” both on and off stage.

“From how talented they are vocally to how nurturing they are in life, they all really inspire me to learn all I can from my craft and continue on my path to pursue opera.”

The daughter of Amanda and Rick Teeter and sibling to brother Rick, who is head of the Set Crew for “The Music Man,” Teeter is also a Drama Club trustee, vice president of the HHS Chamber Choir, and a member of Con Espiritu choir.

Teeter hopes audiences will gain a new perspective from watching Marian’s transformation in the charming musical.

“Just because something or someone is bad, it doesn’t necessarily mean that something good won’t come out of it,” she said. “Sometimes you can’t prevent the things that are meant to happen.”

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.


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