Local Performance of “The Music Man” Dazzles Imperial Valley



Local actors Luke Hamby and Cameron Kellum perform in “The Music Man” at the Palmer Performing Arts Center in Brawley.

BRAWLEY – The North County Coalition for the Arts’ (NoCCA) production of “The Music Man” garnered rave reviews from three performances at the Palmer Performing Arts Center in Brawley this past weekend.

With shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Valley performers made up the large cast giving the musical a real hometown feel.

Some of the most talented musicians and vocalists in the Imperial Valley joined forces to make this play one of the best to hit the stage in the Valley, and the polished production shined from the acting, to the musicianship, to the realistic sets, giving the production a professional feel.

Local musician Luke Hamby, who played the leading man as Professor Harold Hill, gave a stellar performance. Known for his virtuosity on the violin, Hamby was in his element. This was his second foray into acting since he performed in the 2005 NoCCA production of “Annie Get Your Gun.”

“I was outside of my comfort zone,” Hamby confided. “Having everyone’s support made it doable.”

Leading lady Sarah Malan made her acting debut as well, and performed with ease. Her powerful vocals gave her all the credibility she needed to be there.

Band teacher and musician George Scott was director and musical director, and made his directorial debut with “The Music Man.” Scott has been on stage or in the orchestra pit for nearly every one of the NoCCA productions, giving him the experience and insight for such an endeavor.

The production was fun, light, and filled with great individual performances, making “The Music Man” an event not to be missed.

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  1. Not Luke’s debut. He also played the male lead in Annie Get Your Gun several years ago. Luke Hamby was an absolute star. The most experienced theater-goer I know (with season tickets to multiple theaters in San Diego and for many years) thought that Luke’s capacity to have the full script memorized was remarkable. Top notch job on his part, Sarah Malan’s and everyone involved. Great to see so many families participating together.

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