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Sept. 27-Oct. 6: 'The Music Man' Opens Mainstage Theatre Season

Play will be performed in newly renovated Ted Paul Theatre.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 9-19-2018

In the photo, Mayor Shinn (Gary Scott du Charme II) berates his wife, Eulalie (Ashley D’Lyn Gunn), to the amusement of Marian Paroo (Samantha Buckley) and Harold Hill (Mathew Sather). (Photo courtesy of Minnesota State University, Mankato's Department of Theatre and Dance.)

MANKATO – After months of construction and even longer fundraising, Minnesota State University, Mankato Theatre & Dance is ready to unveil the newly renovated Ted Paul Theatre.

The new space will be unveiled with the opening of the 2018-19 Mainstage Season musical, “The Music Man,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6, and 2 p.m. Oct. 6-7.

The new space includes carpeting, a grand drape, roomier seats, wheelchair platforms, a sound booth, orchestra pit wall, and paint, among other details.

Directed by Paul J. Hustoles, “The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

Tickets are $22 regular; $19 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $15 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

Season tickets to all six Mainstage shows are $100 and on sale through Oct. 7. The Box Office is open 4-6 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, or buy single tickets online at Call the Box Office at 507-389-6661.

Contact Paul J. Hustoles at 507-389-2118, or for more information.

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