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June 19, 2014

They run the show

Spotlight Playhouse's production of 'Music Man' hits the stage

Three Haverhill women who have been involved with creating theater in Greater Haverhill for more than a decade teamed up to create a stunning stage production of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man.” For all three, putting their different sets of skills to use was a labor of love.

Presented by the Haverhill-based theater group Spotlight Playhouse, the show opened last weekend at Haverhill High School with final performances taking place this weekend.

“This is the first production team I’ve worked on that is all female,” said Brenda Pothier, the show’s choreographer. “We all work together very well and I’m really proud of the production we put together.”

“We got a standing ovation on Saturday,” Pothier added. “The energy was high within the cast and the audience was very energetic.”

The show’s all-female production team also includes a woman as music director and another as assistant choreographer.

As producer of “The Music Man,” 26-year-old Meghan Cary was in charge of finances and advertising, a job that suited her skills.

“I made sure there was money to purchase costumes and the set, and also contacted the media and made announcements for auditions and shows,” Cary said. “I also coordinated all of the advertising — which took up a big chunk of time.”

Cary wasn’t able to get 76 trombones, which is the name of a song that “Professor” Harold Hill sings to entice the townspeople into funding a marching band, but she did manage to get about 15 brass and woodwind instruments on loan from the Timony Grammar School in Methuen, with help from cast member Mary Ellen Grelle.

“In the final scene, Professor Hill puts together a band, so in order to be dramatic we needed our band to have uniforms as well as instruments,” Cary said. “They actually play the instruments along with our 14-piece orchestra.”

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