Eureka resident Matthew Jones stars in Olivet's production of "The Music Man"

BOURBONNAIS, IL (02/07/2014)(readMedia)-- Matthew Jones of Eureka stars as Mayor George Shinn in Olivet Nazarene University's production of "The Music Man" - the award-winning and well-loved musical - February 27 to March 1. He is a senior majoring in religious studies.

"The Music Man" is the first musical written and composed by Meredith Willson. The story was written by him with Franklin Lacey. Book, music and lyrics are by Willson. The original Broadway production opened in 1957 with revivals in 1980 and 2000. The film adaptation debuted in 1962, and a made-for-television adaptation first aired in 2003. Well-known songs from the production include: "Good Night My Someone," "76 Trombones," "Wells Fargo Wagon," "Gary, Indiana," and "Till There Was You."

Show times are Thursday, February 27, at 7 p.m.; Friday, February 28, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 1, at 2 and 7 p.m. All shows are on stage in Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet's campus. Jerry Cohagan, theatre professor, directs with Dr. Neal Woodruff, music professor, as music director; Kay Welch, music professor, as vocal director; and Hannah Jacobson as choreographer.

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students and senior adults over age 65. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 815-939-5110.

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet has one main campus in Bourbonnais, Ill. - just 50 miles south of Chicago; three additional sites: Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Ill., and Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year, whether through study abroad opportunities or worldwide mission trips.


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Laura Warfel

Public Relations Specialist

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Ill.