Character Descriptions

The Music Man Summer 2024

Character Descriptions


Charlie Cowell – A traveling salesman who is on to Harold Hill’s schemes. Tirelessly attempts to prove to everyone the true con man behind Harold Hill.   Adult male

Harold Hill – Our story’s unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming. Adult male.  Vocal range top: F4  Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Mayor Shinn – A blustery politician who is all too “self-important.” Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.  Adult male

Ewart Dunlop – A member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude Dunlop.  Adult male. Vocal range top: F5.  Vocal range bottom: F3

Oliver Hix – A baritone in the quartet formed by Hill. Oliver is married to Alma Hix.  Adult male. Vocal range top: F4.  Vocal range bottom: B2

Jacey Squires – The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires. Adult male. Vocal range top: C5.  Vocal range bottom: C3

Olin Britt – A citizen of River City and the bass of the quartet formed by Harold Hill.  Adult male. Vocal range top: C4.  Vocal range bottom: F2

Marcellus Washburn – Harold’s chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down. Adult male-  30 to 40,  Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: G2

Tommy Djilas – An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta. 

Marian Paroo – The town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill. Stuck up. Curious. Adult Female. Vocal range top: A5,  Vocal range bottom: G3

Mrs. Paroo – Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop. Adult female. Vocal range top: Eb5.  Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Amaryllis – A slightly bratty piano student of Marion Paroo. Young female.   Vocal range top: E5.  Vocal range bottom: C4

Winthrop Paroo – Marian’s baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.   Young male. Vocal range top: Eb5. Vocal range bottom: C4.

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn – Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife. A serial gossip and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself.  Adult Female.  Vocal range top: D5. Vocal range bottom: D4

Zaneeta Shinn – The Mayor’s fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times.  Teen Female.

Alma Hix – A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Oliver Hix. Adult female

Maud Dunlop – A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Ewart Dunlop. Adult Female

Ethel Toffelmier – A comical “Pick-a-Little Lady,” and Marcellus Washburn’s girlfriend. Adult female.

Mrs. Squires – A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Jacey Squires. Adult female.

Ensemble – This show is set in a town, and the town is made up of people of all ages, including (but not limited to): Constable Locke, Newspaper Readers, River City Townspeople (of all ages), Traveling Salesmen, Teen Dance Ensemble, boys band.  There are several fun, full company numbers!