BRAWLEY – Â 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. Â 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 â€œevery walk of life,â€ NoCCA director Rosemarie Wood said.
From Border Patrol agents to nurses, from state workers to teachers, and students, â€œthe talent comes from all different walks of life,â€ Wood said. Â â€œThatâ€™s the beauty of having community theatre.â€ Â
With auditions complete and the cast finalized, now rehearsals and practice time begins. Â Wood likens theatre productions to that of a sport. Â Similar to a sport season, The Music Man production has its own â€œseason,â€ complete with tryouts, rehearsals, the aspect of being coached, and a team mentality, said Wood.
â€œItâ€™s a truly unique, collaborative group,â€ Wood said. Â â€œWhat makes community theatre so fun is you get people from all walks of life with incredible talent. Â We get to come together for a season and share our passion and talents with a new audience.â€
Wood is passionate about advancing the arts throughout the Imperial Valley.
â€œWithout the arts, we donâ€™t understand the human element or how to enjoy each other,â€ Wood said.
As in years past, Brawley Union High School (BUHS) is partnering with NoCCA for this production.
â€œWe are so excited and so appreciative that Brawley Union High School is thrilled and on board with us,â€ she said. Â â€œWe had teachers and faculty members audition, along with students from BUHS. Â We are so excited to bring Palmer back to life.â€
In addition to partnering with BUHS IVROP, NoCCA has partnered with Ooh La La, Imperial Schools, and band members and teachers throughout the Valley. Â
â€œThis is a community effort; we really canâ€™t do it without everyone involved,â€ said Wood.
â€œItâ€™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,â€ she said. Â â€œItâ€™s ultra exciting — truly a lot of fun, as well as a lot of work, but so worth it to see the end product.â€
Rehearsals will begin the end of January. Â For full cast listings and other information, follow North County Coalition for the Arts on Facebook. Â Â