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MNU Presents The Music Man April 7-10

            Olathe’s Mayor, Michael Copeland, will play the role of Mayor Shinn in MNU’s production of The Music Man, April 8-10 at Bell Cultural Events Center on the campus of MidAmerica Nazarene University.

            The original musical comedy, set in 1912 Iowa, tells the story of conman Harold Hill and the staid, small-town, Midwesterners he intends to cheat out of money he solicits from them to form the town’s marching band. Hill, not actually a musician, convinces most of the town he has the skill to direct the band.

            All the well-known favorites such as Seventy-Six Trombones, Trouble, and Till There Was You will be performed by the 60-member cast of students and community members.

            MNU Theatre director, Rhonda Carlson, opened auditions for the show to members of the Olathe community. “There’s a whole town in the story of The Music Man, so we are including people from our whole town,” she says. “We’re so excited to have our own Mayor Copeland play Mayor Shinn. He does a fantastic job. You’ll really enjoy seeing him in this role.”

            Choreographed by Suzanne Ryan, and accompanied by a full orchestra directed by Mary Jane Wilder, Ph.D., the show features many groups such as teens, a barbershop quartet, and comedic ladies. The set will feature a full size gazebo constructed by student set-builders under the direction of set designer, Joey Condon.

            The Music Man is presented in one matinee on April 7 at 10 a.m. and at 7:30 p.m. on April 8-10. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and children; all tickets $5 for April 7 matinee. Half-price adult tickets are available for groups of 15 or more. For more information contact the Bell Center box office at (913) 971-3636 or e-mail Bell Cultural Events Center is Olathe’s premier venue for the performing arts. Bell Center activities are listed online at

            MidAmerica Nazarene University, founded in 1966, is a private, liberal arts university offering more than 40 undergraduate degrees and adult degree completion, as well as five professional graduate degrees in business, education, and counseling, and a post-graduate certificate in play therapy. In Fall 2009, MNU adopted its Priority 2014 initiative emphasizing enhanced facilities and increased capacity for undergraduate and graduate students. MNU is located on a 105-acre campus in Olathe, Kan., and operates a location in Liberty, Mo., for adult and graduate programs.


Note: Due to scheduling difficulties, Mayor Copeland will not perform in the April 7 matinee.




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MNU facts:

·     MNU enrolled more than 1,750 students last fall.

·     Although more than 33% of MNU students are of the Nazarene denomination, more than 30 other denominations are represented in the student body.

·     MNU has offered innovative, accelerated adult degree completion and graduate programs for more than 20 years.

·     MNU grants approximately 20 Associate of Arts degrees and more than 400 bachelor’s and graduate degrees yearly.

·     The yearly economic impact of the University is more than $50 million, not including expenditures by students and campus visitors.

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