Hickory – Since its first performance on Broadway in 1957, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man has captured hearts and captivated audiences. In performances on June 14 and 15, Hickory Ballet and Performing Arts students bring an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical to life on stage at Hickory Community Theatre.

Combining musical theater and modern, tap and acro dance, HBPA students tell the tale of fast-talking Harold Hill and his scheme to con the good citizens of River City, Iowa, out of their hard-earned money with his ploy to form a boys’ band and sell them instruments and uniforms before skipping town with the money without giving any music lessons. Although town librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo sees through him, they gradually fall in love creating the family-friendly story that is warm and humorous, witty and romantic.

Josh Gibson, a home-schooled rising sophomore, who also plays on the Hawks football team, takes on the role of Harold, with Kate Mullis, a senior graduating from Hickory Christian Academy, as Marian. Other HBPA students play supporting roles as the quirky residents of River City.

The Music Man has two performances: on Friday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, June 15, at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at hickorytheatre.org or by calling (828) 328-2283.

Hickory Community Theatre is located at 30 3rd St. NW in downtown Hickory.

Hickory Ballet & Performing Arts offers a full schedule of classes and summer camps. Visit www.hickoryballetpa.com or call (828) 328-3794 for additional information. The studios are located inside Foothills Gymnastics, 920 29th Ave NE, Hickory.