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Quinn Kapetanov plays Harold Hill (Source: The Ziegfeld Theater) Photo credit: Ziegfeld

The Ziegfeld theater has much to offer: improv shows, musicals, theater and youth camps. And it’s the dedication that they have to the community that brings people back show after show.

On July 8, 2016, The Ziegfeld premiered The Music Man followed by an opening night gala. The cast performed in front of a packed house and didn’t miss a beat.

“I wouldn’t change anything,” said Sarah Christensen who played Marian Paroo. “I think the show is fabulous, and it’s got a stellar team working for making it the best it could be. The costumers are great. The lighting is amazing. Everything is fantastic.”

It’s always important for the cast to feel like they performed to the best of their ability, but what is often times more important is the reaction to the performance. Considering the show concluded with a standing ovation, it is safe to say, the audience was also very pleased.

“In the past, we have been shocked by some of the innuendos that they sometimes throw into some of these plays.” said Brian Brady, who had never seen the Music Man before. “And I was actually pleasantly surprised that there was none in it.”

The Music Man seems to carry a family message to the audience with ease. It definitely helps that the entire cast puts their heart and soul into the production. It’s possible that this was a result of the Ziegfeld’s desire to bring in locals to perform in front of Ogden community.

“Here it’s a lot more of a community. A lot more like a family” said Richard J. Marsh, who played Jacey Squires, making his debut at the Zig after performing for many years down in Salt Lake City. “I know a lot of these people have done shows together before, so they already know each other. But they are very welcoming.”

Ultimately, there was one theme that everyone who performed or attended the musical seemed to agree on and that was families and community. The Music Man brings families together, and the Ziegfeld creates a family of its own.

If you didn’t get the chance to see the Music Man yet, the Ziegfeld will be performing the production Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and will have a Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m. until August 13.

Adult tickets are $19 online and $20 dollars at the door. Students, seniors (65 and up) and children (12 and under) are $17 online and $18 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information visit the Ziegfeld website.

Information aside from the musicals, such as the improv shows or youth camps, can also be found on the Ziegfeld website.

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