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June 19, 2014

They run the show

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


She loves every song in the show and won’t pinpoint a favorite.

“Each song has a special place,” said Pothier, who loves chatting about trivia related to the show such as the song, “Till There Was You,” which Meredith Wilson wrote for “The Music Man.”

“The Beatles eventually took it mainstream,” she said.

As choreographer, Pothier was tasked with interpreting the story through dance and movement that complemented the music.

“The story remains the same, but each (production) company will have a different vision of how they want to interpret the story to the audience,” she said.

Sprague, a music teacher at Golden Hill Elementary School, was tapped to direct “The Music Man.” Sprague’s resume includes 12 years directing high school stage productions in Tewksbury. She’s been part of Spotlight Playhouse for two years, first as marketing director then vice president then director of two children’s productions. She acted in “Lend me a Tenor” last fall, and was put in charge of “The Music Man.”

“You have to be very organized, which is the most important thing,” Sprague said. “With over 50 people in the cast and crew, coordinating everyone’s schedule was a challenge.”

She said it was her job to do the blocking and staging, which is where she tells the actors when and where they’re going to enter, move to, what their motivation is, what their character is feeling, and how their character interacts with other characters in the show.

“Working with Meghan and Brenda has been an uplifting experience and having all woman as the production team has been great,” Sprague said. “Not only did we put together an amazing production, but we made sure that everyone involved in the show enjoyed what they were doing.”

If You Go

What: Performances of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man”

When: 7 p.m. on June 20 and 21, and 3 p.m. on June 22

Where: Haverhill High School auditorium, 137 Monument St.

Tickets: $20 for adults and $18 for Spotlight Playhouse members, senior citizens and children 12 and younger. Available at www.SpotlightPlayhouse.org or by calling 978-380-8509.

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