River City, the Music Man is coming

The Pick-A-Little Ladies are played by Alayna Hoidal (Brooklyn Park), Allison DeMorett (Maple Grove), Toby Heuer (Greenfield), Gabrielle Lien (Rogers), Emily Rosdahl (Elk River) and Mandy Prom (Loretto). (Photo by Keith Rosdahl)


Front Porch Musical Theatre will present “The Music Man Jr,” a youth version of the tale of  a charismatic con man captivating an entertainment-starved Iowa town at the turn of the 20th century.

The musical opens Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m., in another river city, Elk River, at the Little Theater at ERHS, and continue Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

“Directors Tim and Linda Lindeen hope to bring excitement and joy to many families the weekend before the 4th of July, with this classic, all-American musical show,” stated a press release from Front Porch Musical Theatre, based in Dayton. “This show, great for all ages, will be the perfect outing to get people in the festive mood.”

Landon Liberator of Brooklyn Park has the lead role of Harold Hill, the Music Man, who intends to trick the town with a false scheme to organize a boys band but plans go afoul when he falls for Marian, the town librarian, played by Emily Anderson of Monticello. Other humorous characters are pompous Mayor Shinn, his entertaining wife, Eulalie, and the Pick-A-Little Ladies.

Landon Liberator plays Harold Hill, a schemer who falls for straight-laced Marian, played by Emily Anderson. (Photo by Ken Rosdahl)


“Music Man,” written by Meredith Willson, was a Broadway hit in 1957 and has been a theater favorite ever since.

FPMT Showtime Summer Theatre Camp met for three weeks and rehearsed four hours a day this month in the Lindeens’ home studio.

“Students learned what it takes to costume an entire musical production and they also helped create the sets,” said Linda Lindeen. They learned 15 challenging song and dance numbers.