Tickets are now on sale for the Lake Highlands High School Theatre Department’s production of The Music Man, which opens Thursday, January 20th in the LHHS auditorium. There may be trouble, my friend, right here in River City, but with a cast this impressive there’s likely to be nothing but smiling faces on audience members.

Sharing the role of Harold Hill will be Jake Gaba, veteran of LHHS productions including Les Mis and the Miracle Worker, and Spencer Wood, known to generations of LH folk as the talented youngest child of LHHS English teacher David Wood. Marian the Librarian will be played by Emily Hawkins, who has performed in Mesquite Community Theater and was Annie Sullivan for LHHS, and Mary Ellen Kidd, who shined in Lake Highlands United Methodist Church’s musical theater performances. Mayor and Eulalie Shinn will be played by Doug Keffer and Carly Kaplan, who are pretty hilarious just chatting at the lunch table, much less working from Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning script. Delaney Sullivan, who also dances as a Wildcat Wrangler, will be Widow Paroo, and Ryan Berg plays Professor Hill’s sidekick, Marcellus. Thomas Mullins and Julia Dankberg portray teens-in-love, Tommy and Zaneeta.

Watch for the barbershop quartet’s version of “Goodnight, Ladies,” courtesy of Sam Atalis, Jordan Chumbley, Roman Milan, Spencer Wood and Brice Paterik, and don’t miss “Pick-a-little, talk-a-little” from Brittany Beasley, Kelly Burroughs, Kristin Gavigan, Siobhan Kelley, Sarah Kent, Elise Murdock, Diana Sharber and Hannah Willard. And if you look very closely, you’ll recognize the train conductor as LHHS assistant principal Mike Shea announcing “All aboard!”

Tickets can be purchased online here using a credit card or at the door, with prices from $5 general admission to $12 for reserved seats. Performances begin at 7 pm January 20, 21 and 22, with a matinee performance Saturday afternoon.