The stage is set and the cast, musicians and dozens of crewmembers are putting the finishing touches on “The Music Man,” set to begin the town’s annual festivities marking the Fourth of July. This year’s parade theme is “Hometown Proud-Hometown Talent” … and with 100 people participating to put on the Watts Hall production, hometown talent will definitely be on display.

Performances will be Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3; and Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, all at 7 p.m. in Watts Hall, 174 Main St./Route 1. The second-floor performance space is accessible by stairs and elevator.

Major sponsors making the production possible are Brooks Trap Mill; Viking, Inc.; and Wal-Mart. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children, with a family cap of $35. They will be on sale at the door beginning 6 p.m. on show nights. Although there is no reserved seating, tickets may be reserved and held at the door by calling 354-0615 in advance.

The show marks the 25th anniversary of the last time “The Music Man” was presented at Watts Hall. Director Daryl Hahn played Eulalie Shinn in that production, wearing the same costume Laurie Brown, in the role this time, is wearing; indeed, there are more than a few echoes of the first time around to be found. The cast draws from Thomaston and beyond, including a number of past high school stars.

David Dodge plays Harold Hill, who meets his match in Marian Paroo, played by Maggie Machaiek. Young Ayden Malmstrom plays Winthrop, with Lynna Henderson as Mrs. Paroo. The show’s famous male quartet features Dusty Batley, John Bird, Renny Stackpole and Tom Maynard.

Other cast members include Jacob Siegal, Jason Ludwig, Caleb Eugley, Emma Theobolds, Fairfield Lavoie, Vonnie Drown, Elizabeth Vega, Patty King, Abby Hersey, Rachel Gross, Wyatt Sykes, Galadria Scattoloni, Myla Ferland, Emily Paetow, Sarah Penny, RJ Botley, Rachael Schuster, Travis Bates, Jason Grass, Hermione Fleming, Grace Schleicher, Elizabeth Harriman, Fay Groth, Justin Groth, Ashley Arbour, Maurice Miller, Eliza Bailey, Annette Naegel, Linda Blanchard, Susan Schleicher, Caleb Eugley, Betsy Terrell, Philip Anderson, Ben Griffin, Greg Marley, former local legislator Chris Rector, local pastor Peter Jenks and MPBN’s (and Thomaston’s) Keith Shortall.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or