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‘The Music Man’

Kaneland arts festival’s first summer show
by Paula Coughlan
KANELAND—Kaneland will turn into River City when the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival presents “The Music Man.”

“The Music Man” will be the first summer-stock musical for the festival, which has presented adult and youth art shows and individual performers since 1998.

Performances will take place Friday through Sunday, July 16, 17, and 18, at the Kaneland High School auditorium.

The show’s director, Diane McFarlin, Kaneland High School assistant principal, has enjoyed live theater—acting and directing—locally and in New York for 30 years.

“I love to work with actors and character development,” she said.

Led by Kaneland alumnus Matt Scharlau as “The Music Man” character Harold Hill. The performance features actors aged 8 through 77.

The actors rehearsed last week for their “trouble” and “train” scenes, with McFarlin drumming her hand on the table to set the cadence for Harold Hill’s oration. Meanwhile, technicians tested backdrops, and choreographer Maggie McCord moved dancers through their paces for a library scene.

Linda Miller, who plays Mrs. Paroo in the show, sings a solo in the production. She became involved in theater when her son started acting at the community college level, she said.

Maria Dripps-Paulson, director of the Fine Arts Festival, has worked with McFarlin before, when they both taught in the Kaneland district.

“This is our first collaboration in several years,” Dripps-Paulson said, “and we’re really hoping it’ll be a success.”

McFarlin said she is grateful to the Kaneland School District for providing a venue for the production. She added that the sound system in the auditorium is top-notch.

For a list of cast and crew members (more volunteers are needed), visit www.kaneland-artsfestival.org.

Show times and tickets

7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17;
and at 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 18.

$10 each, $8 for students
and senior citizens (age 65-plus),
$23 for a family ticket (household).
Reservations are required.
Purchase online at

Photo: Cast members practice a song for the upcoming performance of “The Music Man,” set to premier Friday, July 16. Photo by Paula Coughlan

No train whistles, now no church bells

There will be no bells ringing on the hour from the Elburn Community Congregational Church—at least until the church gets its leaking roof fixed.

Here, church secretary Linda Miller (right) and church member Dave Royer detach the sound system for the carillon bells that chime in Elburn.

The church is running a “Give Your Fair Square” campaign to pay for the shingles to fix the leaks that have plagued the building. At almost halfway to its goal of 40 squares at $400 a square, the church is hopeful they can raise the funds.

For further information, call Miller at (630) 365-6544 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.
Courtesy Photo

Local resident cast for play

The Albright Theatre Company of Batavia will present “The Laramie Project,” by Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project. The play is based on the October 1998 murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, and includes Elburn resident Linda Miller.

The Laramie Project will be presented on Thursday and Friday, May 7 and 8, at the theatre at 100 N. Island Ave. in Batavia. The theatre is on the third floor of the Batavia Government Center. Parking is free.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for Students and Seniors. Reservations are advised and can be made at (630) 406-8838. This show contains strong language and adult themes and is not recommended for children under the age of 14.