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Our exuberant retelling of this Golden Age classic is sure to be the talk of the DMV - and beyond. With a cast and creative team of Deaf, hearing, and hard-of-hearing artists, you'll experience beloved songs like "76 Trombones". "Til There Was You", and "Rock Island" like never before. The citizens of River City have got trouble. Only, Harold Hill has them convinced it lies in their pool halls. His solution: a marching band, and he just happens to sell instruments and uniforms. It's all part of his latest con job. Everyone in town seems to be falling for it, except Marian. The catch is, Harold may be falling for her. 

Featuring James Caverly (Only Murders in the Building) as Professor Harold Hill and Adelina Mitchell (A.D. 16) as Marian.

Important Content Guidance

The Music Man is a family-friendly show and its content is suitable for all ages. However, parents should be aware that Olney Theatre's bilingual production of The Music Man is performed in American Sign Language with English supertitles. The songs are performed in English with ASL and English supertitles. The dialogue is performed in ASL with English supertitles. The ability to read the supertitles, either projected or via the GalaPro app, is an essential part of the experience for hearing audiences.

Book, Music and Lyrics by 
Meredith Willson

Story by
Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

Director of Artistic Sign Language 
Michelle Banks 

Music Director
Christopher Youstra 

Karma Camp

Michael Baron and Sandra Mae Frank

Alissa Klusky

Scenic Designer Ethan Sinnott
Costume Designer Rosemary Pardee
Lighting Designer Jesse Belsky
Sound Designer Matt Rowe
Projections Designer Sean Preston
Production Stage Manager Ben Walsh

2021-2022 Season
Part of the 2021-2022 Season
  • Matthew August

    Tommy Djilas/Others
  • Florrie Bagel

    Ethel Toffelmier/Others/Marian Cover
  • Heather Marie Beck

    Alma Hix/Others
  • James Caverly

    Harold Hill
  • Sophia Early

  • Jane G. Enabore

  • Jay Frisby

    Charlie Cowell/Jacey Squires/Others
  • Amelia Hensley

    Eulalie Mackeknie Shinn/Others
  • Gregor Lopes

    Olin Britt/Others
  • Adelina Mitchell

    Marian Paroo
  • Andrew Morrill

    Mayor Shinn/Others
  • Stephen Russell Murray

  • Anjel Piñero

    Zaneeta Shinn/Others
  • Mervin Primeaux-OBryant

    Maud Dunlap/Others
  • Nicki Runge

    Mrs. Paroo/Others
  • Sarah Anne Sillers

  • Christopher Tester

    Winthrop Paroo/Oliver Hix/Others
  • Dylan Toms

    Ewart Dunlop/Others
  • Vishal Vaidya

    Marcellus Washburn
  • Michelle Banks

    Director of ASL
  • Michael Baron

    Michael Baron
  • Jesse W. Belsky

    Lighting Design
  • Karma Camp

  • Sandra Mae Frank

  • Rosemary Pardee

    Costume Designer
  • Sean Preston

    Projection Design
  • Ethan Sinnott

    Scenic Designer
  • Ben Walsh

    Stage Manager
  • Meet James Caverly

    Our Harold Hill is James Caverly, a Deaf actor with deep ties to our region and the person who first suggested the production of The Music Man to Olney Theatre's Artistic Director, Jason Loewith while working a side-gig as a carpenter in the scene shop. In the years since he first proposed the project, James has seen his star rise with featured roles on Chicago Med and most recently Only Murders in the Building. Read about how James collaborated with the writers of Only Murders... to create "The Boy From 6B," an episode of the series focusing on his character's perspective which consisted of almost no dialogue.

  • Meet Sandra Mae Frank

    You may recognize Sandra Mae Frank from Super Bowl LVI where she performed the sign interpretation for the Star-Spangled Banner and the halftime show. Or you may know her as Dr. Elizabeth Wilder on the hit tv series New Amsterdam. Or you may remember her as Wendla in Deaf West's Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. Now she's co-directing our production of The Music Man with her friend and collaborator, Michael Baron. You can read more about Sandra Mae and her career, in this profile from the New York Post.


  • This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

  • Eugene B. Casey Foundation

    The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. 

Health and Safety

We ask that if you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home. Use this CDC symptom checklist to see if you need to quarantine or get tested.

Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test is no longer required for performances at the Mainstage, the 1938 Original Theatre or the Root Family Stage. 


Patrons are required to wear masks in performance spaces regardless of vaccination status at all times. Masks are not required while consuming concessions in lobby areas only. No food or drink is allowed in the theatre.

As conditions and public health mandates are subject to change, please visit our Health and Safety page just prior to your performance date for our latest policies.

The Music Man

June 17 - July 24 2022

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Open Wednesday - Saturday: 12:00PM - 6:00PM

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