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Striking up the band at La Crosse Community Theatre

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La Crosse Community Theatre kicks off it's 54th season with a classic first seen on Broadway 60 years ago.

The local revival of The Music Man  is coming to the main stage at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts starting this weekend. Featuring timeless music like "Ya Got Trouble", "Goodnight My Someone" and "Seventy-Six Trombones", the show's story demonstrates the power of song.

"It's really about how one person can change a community if the community just takes the time to listen and to be open to new ideas, new ways of thinking and new ways of talking," said Karla Hughes who plays town librarian Marian Paroo.

"This is what Harold [Hill] has done for the town," said the shows co-director Stephanie Harter. "They're loosening up. They're having fun. They're experiencing life at a different level."

Given it's setting in the fictional town of River City, Iowa, themes from the show hit pretty close to home.

"In the Midwest we can kind of relate to these townspeople," said Rob Jones who plays Harold Hill. "Of course they're on a heightened level from where we are."

Harter added, "It's like it's our own backyard, but just 105 years ago. It feels just like stepping back in time."

The Music Man opens Friday, Sept. 8 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 24. Evening shows on Thursday through Saturday are at 7:30 with Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 784-9292 or going to

WXOW is a proud season sponsor of La Crosse Community Theatre.

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