ARTS: Springhouse Theatre Company in Smyrna, TN presents Music Man

Aug 31, 2021 at 07:12 am by WGNS

Springhouse Theatre Company, Rutherford County’s premier destination for live family theatrical entertainment, is thrilled to host the classic story of The Music Man. This Musical is a timeless, family friendly story about the value of music and relationship.

“The Music Man” was written by Meredith Willson in memory of his childhood. The characters are all based on real people in his life, from his piano teaching mother portrayed as Marian to himself as Winthrop, a boy whose life changed because of music. He wrote the charming story loaded with brilliant songs such as “Trouble”, “Seventy-Six Trombones”, and “Marian the Librarian”. Meredith himself was a world renowned musician, song-writer, and music director. When he was asked to write the musical “The Music Man”, he had no idea it would become one of his greatest works. 

The Story of The Music Man is set in the stubborn, predictable, and black and white town of River City Iowa. The collision of this world and lead character Harold Hill, a lying salesman, give way for all to experience the color music adds to people’s lives, the human connection music invites us into, and the profound way it softens our sometimes hard hearts. 

The Springhouse Theatre Company is located on the campus of Springhouse Worship & Arts Center in Smyrna, TN. 

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Brilliant leading performances from George Downer as Professor Harold Hill and Crystal Kurek as Marian draw audiences into the story and allow them to see a glimpse of themselves in the two heros. George Downer is making his debut at Springhouse Theatre and Crystal is returning again after playing Mary Poppins in “Mary Poppins”. The 28-member cast is directed by Springhouse veteran and Theatre Manager Charlotte Myhre Shealy, who STC patrons will recognize from on stage performances and her previous directorial work such as The Diary of Anne Frank, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, and These Shining Lives. 

“In a director's note, Willson writes “The Music Man was intended to be a valentine and not a caricature…” and that sentiment was both what interested me about the script and what has guided my direction of this excellent cast. The highlight of this production, however, has been the talented team I have been privileged to work alongside. I am incredibly proud of this cast and crew and I can’t wait for our patrons to enjoy The Music Man,” Shealy remarks. Springhouse Church is grateful and proud to have her creative genius and strong leadership directing their theatre company and this musical. 

The Music Man runs September 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, & 26. 

Springhouse Theatre Company
14119 Old Nashville Highway, Smyrna, Tennessee
On the campus of Springhouse Worship & Arts Center

For tickets, please visit or email
For information call (615) 852-8499 or visit

The Music Man is presented with special arrangement with MTI,

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