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A MUSICAL STUDY GUIDE- THE MUSIC MAN

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How is the first musical number, sung by the men on the train, like a rap?
by the sounds of the train tracks
Where does the train stop?
River City, Iowa
Who was actually on the train the whole time?
Professor Harold Hill
What kind of town is River City, Iowa?
A sleepy, boring town
Judging from the costumes and scenery, what time period does this story take place?
Early 1900's (1912)
What's the professor's real name?
Gregory (Greg)
What is the name of the Mayors wife?
Eulalie Shinn
what descries Mrs.Shinn
FAST AND BUSY
What does Professor Hill say will cause "Trouble in River City"
The pool table (billards)
Who does Professor Hill follow home?
The librarian ( music teacher)
what character is the female leading role?
Marian
What kind of speech impediment does Winthrop have?
a lisp
Why do the people of River City to the high school gymnasium?
To rehearse for flag day.
What does Prof Hill want to do?
Start a boys' band
How many trombones "Led the big parade" in Prof. Hill's song?
76 Trombones.
What will be happening later that evening in Madison Park?
Tryouts for the band.
Who does Prof. Hill get to sing "barbershop" in the park? ( Hint: There's fourof them.)
the board members
What do the "Pick-a-little" ladies do?
Gossip and make fun of marian.
What does Prof. Hill go to the library to pick up?
marian.
What happens in the library?
People fall in love an make Marian angry.
How does Prof. Hill sell the mayor a B flat Flugelhorn?
By saying it would be perfect for this son.
Where is Prof. Hill from?
Gary, Indiana.
Where does Tommy want to meet the MAYOR'S daughter?
At the foot bridge
What brings packages to River City?
The wells Fargo Wagon.
What gets Winthrop so excited?
because his cornet comes
Where does the band have its first practice?
In the gymnasium
Why is Marian concerned with Winthrop's cornet?
He hasn't touched it to practice
How does Prof. Hill always manage to get away from the Board members?
by changing the subject and getting them to sing.
Who comes to town to tell the truth about Prof. Hill?
Charlie Cowell
Where does Prof. Hill want to meet marion?
at the foot bridge
What Holiday is going on in the movie?
The 4th of July
What dance song do the townspeople request in the park?
The Shipoopi
What is the River City Ladies Society Interpretive Dance about?
Ancient Greece.
What happens when the town hears that Prof. Hill is trying to scam them?
they want there money back
Why does Prof. Hill say he can't leave?
He's in love with marian.
What happens when the town gathers at the high school again?
The band plays songs
Who becomes one of the baton twirlers in the band?
Professor Harold Hill.
How many trombones end up playing in Prof. Hill's band? (Hint: It's the name of the song which is the Finale)
76 Trombones
CHARACTERS WILL BE MATCHING
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HAROLD HILL:
A dynamic con-man who comes to River City, Iowa with the intention of deceiving the town and getting rich from the profits.
MARIAN PAROO:
The local librarian who is skeptical of Harold Hill's scheme
WINTHROP PAROO:
The younger brother of Marian and afflicted with a lisp. He develops a friendship with harold who helps to overcome his father's death.
MRS PAROO:
Marian and Winthrop's mother. A caring and devoted Irish Mother who wants nothing but the best for her children.
MARCELLUS:
A former con-man who now lives in River City. He is Harold's friend from years past.
THE MAYOR
A blustery politician whosebusiness is being ruined by Harold Hill.
EULALIE SHINN:
The Mayor's wife and chief gossip in the town.
AMARYLLIS:
A young piano student of Marian's.
TOMMY:
The boy from the wrong side of the tracks. he is secretly dating the Mayor's daughter, Zaneetha.
THE PICK-A-LITTLE LADIES:
Eulalie's friends who join gossip with her.
THE BOARD MEMBERS
A group of four school board members, who until Harold Hill taught them how to sing, were the worst of enemies.
CHARLIE COWELL:
A rival salesman who is on a mission to expose Harold Hill's scheme .
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