BRAWLEY – Music will once again fill Palmer Auditorium, as North County Coalition for the Arts (NoCCA) will debut its community performance of The Music Man in April. The weekend long show will run April 22, 23, and 24th, and will be the first NoCCA musical production in over three years.
After a weeklong audition process, director, George Scott, and casting crew finalized cast members, including actors from “every walk of life,” NoCCA director Rosemarie Wood said.
From Border Patrol agents to nurses, from state workers to teachers, and students, “the talent comes from all different walks of life,” Wood said. “That’s the beauty of having community theatre.”
With auditions complete and the cast finalized, now rehearsals and practice time begins. Wood likens theatre productions to that of a sport. Similar to a sport season, The Music Man production has its own “season,” complete with tryouts, rehearsals, the aspect of being coached, and a team mentality, said Wood.
“It’s a truly unique, collaborative group,” Wood said. “What makes community theatre so fun is you get people from all walks of life with incredible talent. We get to come together for a season and share our passion and talents with a new audience.”
Wood is passionate about advancing the arts throughout the Imperial Valley.
“Without the arts, we don’t understand the human element or how to enjoy each other,” Wood said.
As in years past, Brawley Union High School (BUHS) is partnering with NoCCA for this production.
“We are so excited and so appreciative that Brawley Union High School is thrilled and on board with us,” she said. “We had teachers and faculty members audition, along with students from BUHS. We are so excited to bring Palmer back to life.”
In addition to partnering with BUHS IVROP, NoCCA has partnered with Ooh La La, Imperial Schools, and band members and teachers throughout the Valley.
“This is a community effort; we really can’t do it without everyone involved,” said Wood.
“It’s our gift to the community when you have a facility like Palmer. If we can inspire other groups, great. We want to inspire other groups to do the same thing,” she said. “It’s ultra exciting — truly a lot of fun, as well as a lot of work, but so worth it to see the end product.”
Rehearsals will begin the end of January. For full cast listings and other information, follow North County Coalition for the Arts on Facebook.