In 1936 — the same year the Hoover Dam was completed and the Yankees won its fifth world series — Erva Smith and Reverend John Schott created the Webster Theatre Guild. Nearly 80 years later, the guild still exists to produce Broadway-style shows, bestow arts grants, and provide scholarships to high school students who aspire to earn a living onstage. To celebrate its 80th anniversary, the Webster Theatre Guild will perform "The Music Man," the classic story about a traveling con man who lands in River City, Iowa, to "start a marching band" — but finds a little more than he expected.
"The Music Man" plays Friday, January 22, and Saturday, January 23; and again Friday, January 29, and Saturday, January 30, at Webster Thomas High School, 800 Five Mile Line Road, Webster. 7:30 p.m. both Fridays; 2 p.m. both Saturdays; and an additional 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 30. $15 general admission. webstertheatreguild.org.