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“The Music Man” Takes the Stage in Malibu

A Tale of Love, Music, and Miracles



Malibu, CA – The Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division’s Theatre and Music Departments will present the beloved Luciana and Daniel Forge Fall Musical “The Music Man” in Smothers Theatre starting on Friday, Nov. 10. Performances are on Nov. 10–12 and Nov. 16–18 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances on Nov. 12 and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Gold, Platinum, and Diamond members of the Center for the Arts Guild are invited to a special backstage tour before the Nov. 18 performance.

"I think when people think of ‘The Music Man,’ they certainly think of Harold Hill, the man who comes to town and sweeps Marian the librarian off her feet," says Kelly Todd, Director of “The Music Man” and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Pepperdine. "As I’ve explored this show with this cast, there are greater forces at work [such as] the way music and dance can bring community together, how bridges can be built through the arts and how seeing yourself reflected in another can change your outlook on life. This story is about a miracle, and that miracle happens every day. It is love. Love of your partner, love of your child, love of your neighbor. We invite you to come see our miracle."

The show’s classic score is brought to life on stage through larger than life characters and dynamic dance numbers that tell a sweet story of love, community and music. Pepperdine’s performances feature an all-student cast, including Jackson Murrieta, Hannah Sedlacek, Spencer Williams, Reece McDaniel, Kayla Bryant, Chloe Higgins, Joshua Wilson, Tessa Hemphill, John Silva, Jace Vendelin, Gannon Hays, Nick Gerding, Lucy Schene, Jamison Rosales, Sarai Flores, Carys Rees-Baker, Cole Wagner, Jack Cottrel, Kaiya Treash, Claire Jansen, Zoe O’Donnell, Mandy Tatum, Annalia Garrett, Cokie Daniel, and Brooklyn Carter-Moore.

Tickets are available now and priced at $20 for the public, $10 for full-time Pepperdine students and $16 for Pepperdine faculty and staff. To purchase tickets, visit the online ticketing page or call the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts box office at (310) 506-4522

Event Details
WHAT: “The Music Man”

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 10 – Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. 
Thursday, Nov. 16 – Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263

PRICE: $20 for adults, $16 for Pepperdine faculty and staff and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students

TICKETS: Visit the online ticketing page or call the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts box office at (310) 506-4522

About the Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division
The Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division offers students excellent training in the disciplines of studio art, art history, music, and theatre arts. A group of renowned faculty who are revered in their fields as practicing scholars, artists and teachers prepare students for careers in the arts and continued graduate study. With approximately 300 students in the division, the unique programs are designed to prepare and inspire students to develop critical thinking, nurture creativity, and create the highest level of art and scholarship.

About The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts
Delighting more than 50,000 patrons and participants annually with live performances, art exhibitions, and local outreach opportunities, the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts serves as a hub for the arts on Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus, uniquely linking professional guest artists with Pepperdine students as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Three performance spaces, including the 450-seat Smothers Theatre, the 124-seat Raitt Recital Hall, and the “black box” Lindhurst Theatre, host hundreds of performances, rehearsals, and master classes throughout the year. The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, a dynamic, two-story exhibition space, showcases a revolving selection of modern and contemporary art with a focus on art made in California.

Media Assets
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Rehearsal Photos: (credit Ella Coates)

Photo #1: Left to Right: Jamison Rosales (Ethel), John Silva (Jacey), Jace Vendelin (Ewart), Reece McDaniel (Mayor Shinn), Nick Gerding (Olin), Gannon Hays (Oliver), Kayla Bryant (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn), Tessa Hemphill (Zaneeta Shinn), Zoe O’Donnell (ensemble), Sarai Flores (Maud)

Photo #2: Left to Right: Annalia Garrett (ensemble), Jace Vendelin (Ewart), Zoe O’Donnell (ensemble), John Silva(Jacey), Jamison Rosales (Ethel) 

Photo #3: Left to Right: Holly Joy Daughrity (Amaryllis), Hannah Sedlacek (Marian Paroo)

Photo #4: Left to Right: Cole Wagner (ensemble), John Silva (Jacey), Jackson Murrieta (Harold Hill)


Media Contact

Ericka Sherrill
Marketing and Publicity Manager, Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts