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Robert Preston

True children of the theater

One in a series of occasional articles It's all so familiar, so old-fashioned: The dim church hall with its utilitarian stage and acres of beige linoleum. The squeak of folding chairs, the melodies from the workhorse of a piano. Except for the flip-flops and the Harry Potter books, it might be 1957, the year that Robert Preston and Barbara Cook brought The Music Man to life for the first time. This summer, at St. Mary's of the Assumption Church in Govans, the roles of "Professor" Harold Hill and Marian "the Librarian" Paroo belong to 11-year-old Willy Mason and 10-year-old Hilde Wulf. They also belong to Hannah Briggs and Sophie DeFries because: No. 1,...