See some direction from the audition panel for each song below:
In this song Harold Hill is selling the need for the band in River City, Iowa. He needs the town to be excited about a band, so that they will trust him and buy instruments. He should be charismatic, charming, exciting, and cause everyone who is listening to want to join his band.
If You Don’t Mind:
Mrs. Paroo is a caring, nosy, and pushy mother. She adores her daughter, but isn’t afraid to tell Marian when she thinks she is being difficult. This song isn’t about singing pretty, it is Mrs. Paroo pointing out that Marian needs to give people a chance and stop holding them to impossible standards. She is funny and confident.
Pick A Little:
The Pick A Little Ladies are town busybodies and should have fun with this song. Imagine that each ‘pick a little talk a little’ is a new rumor you heard and you are thrilled to pass it along.
Till There Was You:
By this point in the show both Marian and Harold have been changed by the other person. Marian has watched Harold change her brother’s life, and she is incredibly thankful. She was cold and lonely when we first met her, but now she is hopeful and trusting. She should need to make sure Harold knows how much he has changed her life before he leaves. Harold was a selfish and arrogant conman when he arrived in town. Marian and her family have caused Harold to care about someone else for the first time, and he needs her to know before he leaves.
Wells Fargo Wagon (Boys):
This is the first time we hear Winthrop. He is a quiet and nervous kid, but Harold Hill has given him confidence that he can play in the band. He is so excited to see the wagon coming with his instrument that he can’t help but sing. Boys should be excited and hopeful in this song.
Wells Fargo Wagon (Girls):
We want to see excitement and joy from the girls in this song. The town is so excited with the anticipation of the band, and there can’t be a band without instruments. Have fun!
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