Headshot of TVTC Artistic Director Brian Olkowski.
Marcellus (James Gregory) and Ethel Toffelmier (Shannon Hunt) doing rehearsal for the TVTC The Music Man
Mrs Paroo (Jill Vellinger) and Harold Hill (John Melis) rehearsing for TVTC The Music Man.
Marian Paroo (Rebecca Davis) and Mrs. Paroo (Jill Vellinger) rehearsing for TVTC The Music Man.
Winthrop (Sean Hendry) and Harold Hill (John Melis) rehearsing a scene for the TVTC The Music Man.
Shipoopi dance rehearsal for TVTC The Music Man.


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Contact: Ruth Egherman (925) 583-2306 

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Bankhead Presents Invites Audiences to Experience Family Entertainment at Its Best with Tri-Valley Theatre Company’s Production of The Music Man this July 

Livermore, CA – (June 14, 2024) – A family-friendly classic to be shared with every generation, Bankhead Presents is absolutely enchanted to present Tri-Valley Theatre Company’s Production of Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN this summer. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic, and touching, this six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is the perfect All-American musical for any age. THE MUSIC MAN will play for seven (7) performances July 13—28, 2024, at the beautiful Bankhead Theater located at 2400 First Street in Downtown Livermore. Tickets are on sale now online at LivermoreArts.org


There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian. 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 kids’ 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 the curtain’s fall. 

This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charming dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets, and sentimental ballads such as “(Ya Got) Trouble,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “My White Knight,” and “Shipoopi,” which have become popular standards. This classic show truly is one of musical theatre’s not-to-be-missed treasures, gratifying the musical desires and tastes of everyone!

Presenting Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN, Tri-Valley Theatre Company (TVTC) is the continuing next act of Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre (a Resident Company of The Bankhead), whose name may have changed, but whose commitment to bringing high-quality theatre to the community has not gone away. With Artistic Director Brian Olkowski at the helm, along with a Board of Directors led by Glen Riggs as Board President, they are continuing the company’s legacy of creating amazing musical theatre for enjoyment, enrichment, and involvement in the arts in the Tri-Valley with the new Tri-Valley Theatre Company. This past January, LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical at The Bankhead marked the first production for this next chapter of the organization, and its nearly sold-out three week run was an exciting indicator for the future of this new phase of the company. With its second full-musical production with THE MUSIC MAN, TVTC cannot wait yet again to take audiences along on an incredible journey! 

Collaborating with the organization has been an exciting continuing journey for Livermore Valley Arts. “We are excited to once again be home for the next full-production by Tri-Valley Theatre Company,” said LVA Director of Marketing Ruth Egherman. “It has been a joy collaborating with Artistic Director Brian Olkowski. His energy, leadership, and vision were a huge part of the success of January’s Legally Blonde; we look forward to seeing the new heights TVTC will reach with this summer’s THE MUSIC MAN.” 

The THE MUSIC MAN cast includes: 

Harold Hill: John Melis (Oakland

Marian Paroo: Rebecca Davis (Oakland

Youth Ensemble: Angel Pepper (Livermore

Youth Ensemble: Annabella Piazza (Livermore) Youth Ensemble: Audrey Parker (San Ramon) Gracie Shinn: Camille Parker (San Ramon) Youth Ensemble: Cara Impallomeni (Orinda) Ensemble: Carmen Lessa (Antioch

Tommy Djilas: Casey McMillin (Livermore) Jacey Squires: Dominic Lessa (Antioch)

Youth Ensemble: Emily Couch (Livermore) Amaryllis (7/14, 7/21, 7/27 @ 8pm): Eva Carreon (Brentwood) Ensemble: Heidi Amstrup (Pleasanton) Mrs. Squires: Isa Chu (Richmond) Marcellus Washburn: James Gregory (Pinole) Alma Hix: Jami Wallace (Livermore) Youth Ensemble: Jaxon Hunt (Martinez) Mrs. Paroo: Jill Vellinger (Pleasanton) Oliver Hix: Jim Rupp (Castro Valley) Amaryllis (7/13, 7/20, 7/27 @ 2pm, 7/28): Kaylee Lopez (Hayward) Youth Ensemble: Kevin Flanagan (Mountain House) Zaneeta Shinn: Leila Brown (Pleasanton) Maud Dunlop: Linda Davis (Dublin) Ensemble: Lisa Radzanowski (San Ramon) Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn: Lisa Appleyard (Alameda) Youth Ensemble: Mercy Wu (San Ramon) Charlie Cowell: Michael Sally (Oakland) Olin Britt: Mike Freeman (Pleasanton) Youth Ensemble: Myles Wu (San Ramon) Ensemble: Richard Brandi (San Francisco) Ensemble: Rick Costello (San Ramon) Ewart Dunlop: Robert Lopez (Hayward) Ensemble: Roberto Ruiz Jr (Hayward) Youth Ensemble: Sadie Fuller (Martinez) Ensemble (u/s Marian): Samantha Wilson (Castro Valley) Mayor Shinn: Scott Phillips (Danville) Winthrop Paroo: Sean Hendry (Danville) Ethel Toffelmier: Shannon Hunt (Martinez) Youth Ensemble: Sierra Bolar (Livermore) Youth Ensemble: Tyler Kawata (Fremont)

The production features direction by John Maio, vocal direction by Jed de Roza, choreography by Rachelle King, lighting design by Illia Campbell (Desired Effect), and set design and build by Tom Curtin. Bob Elliott is the sound engineer, Keith Thomson is the prop master, and Dayna Speed is the costume coordinator. Brian Olkowski and Glen Riggs are the producers. 

Opening night for Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN is Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 8 pm, and the show runs through July 28, 2024. Performance times are Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, with an added matinee performance on Saturday, July 27 at 2 pm. Ticket prices are $55, with student and military discounts available by calling the box office. Special discounts of 20% for groups of 10 or more are also available. For tickets, please visit LivermoreArts.org or call 925-373-6800. Livermore Valley Arts is thrilled to be able to present this classic, Americana production from Tri-Valley Theatre Company right here at The Bankhead to continue those patriotic July feels! 

Tickets for all shows in the 2024-2025 Bankhead Presents season are available online, by calling 925-373-6800, or at the box office windows. For more information about Livermore Valley Arts and a complete list of events, visit LivermoreArts.org. 

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Livermore Valley Arts is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. The Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center are home to nine resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors. LivermoreArts.org 

Show: Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN 

Book, Music and Lyrics by: MEREDITH WILLSON 


Director: John Maio 

Vocal Director: Jed de Roza 

Choreographer: Rachelle King 

Producers: Brian Olkowski & Glen Riggs 

Lighting Designer: Illia Campbell (Desired Effect) 

Set Designer/Builder: Tom Curtin 

Sound Engineer: Bob Elliott 

Prop Master: Keith Thomson

Costume Coordinator: Dayna Speed 

Dates/Times: July 13 through July 28, 2024 (7 performances total) 

Saturdays at 8:00 pm* 

Sundays at 2:00 pm 

*Additional matinee afternoon performance on Saturday, July 27 at 2:00 pm Location: Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA 94550 Tickets: $55 (student/military discounts available by calling the box office) 

For press tickets or to schedule an interview with the director, actors, or staff, please contact LVA Director of Marketing Ruth Egherman at [email protected]. Thank you! 

Dates, times, and ticket prices for other events available at www.LivermoreArts.org