The likeness of Wayzata High School freshman Hugo Mullaney of Plymouth can be seen on buses and trains through the Twin Cities promoting the Chanhassen Dinner Theater production of “The Music Man”, where he plays the supporting role of Winthrop Paroo.
He was featured on the show in 2019, in which the show lasted nine performances before stopping due to the pandemic, and returned for the show’s reopening in July 2021.
Mullaney plays Winthrop, a shy young boy, who has lost his father and lives with his mother and sister.
As her sister Marian’s relationship grows with Harold Hill, aka Music Man, that of Winthrop grows as well, allowing her on a transformative journey.
Hugo’s favorite thing about Winthrop is seeing the character go from shy and reserved to childish and happy, he said.
The show centers on Harold Hill, “a charming, fast-talking street vendor who goes from town to town to create youth bands,” traveling to River City, Iowa, where he “promises to teach children and collect funds to buy the instruments and the uniforms, ”according to the synopsis of the Tony and Grammy-winning musical.
While everyone is intrigued by Professor Hill, Town Librarian Marian Paroo has her suspicions and “sees through the blueprint of Professor Hill’s Marching Band.”
Soon, his embarrassed younger brother, Winthrop, sheds his shyness and takes a new cone, which sparks his romantic relationship with Professor Hill.
Mullaney started performing at the Bluewater Theater Company in Wayzata in 2015, performing in several shows there.
He then performed at Wayzata High School while in fifth and sixth grades in “Mary Poppins” and “The Secret Garden”.
He has also performed at the Children’s Theater in Minneapolis, playing roles in “Matilda the Musical” and “Cinderella”.
After landing a role, Mullaney and the rest of the cast took a 500-day hiatus before eagerly returning to the stage in July.
“Honestly, not being able to perform in front of an audience was definitely the hardest part when the show was closed due to COVID-19,” he said.
Now there are less than two months of performance left and Mullaney is encouraging everyone to come see him.
“It is a great family experience and it is a heartwarming, charming and heartwarming spectacle,” he said.
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