Professor Harold Hill (Nicholas Wieser),
a fast-talking traveling salesman with a shady reputation, arrives in River
City, Iowa, on the morning of July 4, 1912. Hill moves from town to town,
selling musical instruments, uniforms and the promise of forming a boy's band.
Hill is a crafty character whose standard procedure is to leave town with the
money he collects before anyone is able to discover he cannot read music. The
townspeople greet each other and sing with pride about their inflexible nature.
As they disperse, Hill enters the scene and begins to focus attention on the
need for a boy's band and the trouble that has entered River City in the shape
of a pool table.
An old friend has warned Harold about Marian
(Bella Massenburg), the willful
town librarian and music teacher. After her first encounter with Harold, Marian
speaks about his unwanted advances to her mother, Mrs. Paroo
(Chelsea Peters). Mrs. Paroo
scolds Marian for not speaking to the man and criticizes Marian's high
expectations. Marian reflects on her plight while listening to her young piano
student, Amaryllis (Emma Sannes),
practicing a piano lesson. Later at the Fourth of July celebration, Harold
steals the crowd's attention to move in and sell his band idea. Mayor Shinn
(Mason Gates) pushes for proper
credentials from Harold.
Harold follows Marian to the library, where she warns him that she will check
his credentials. The ladies in town gossip about the charming newcomer.
Marian appears with the reference book, but before she can hand it to the mayor,
Gracie (Alivia Ritter) excitedly
announces the arrival of the Wells Fargo Wagon with the new band instruments.
With the exception of the Mayor, the town is now under Harold's spell. Marian's
research pays off, but she withholds the evidence when she discovers Harold is
helping her brother, Winthrop (Camden
Bruss-Hoarn), to cure his speech impediment. Marcellus
(Micah Klug), Harold's old friend
and former partner, leads the crowd in a new dance. Winthrop returns home from
fishing and sings for his mother and sister the song that Harold has just taught
Future band members have been busily working on Harold's "Think System" of
musicianship while Harold meets Marian at the footbridge. She confesses that she
has known he was a fake since the third day he was in town. Now it's Harold who
is off-balance. The uniforms arrive, but so does Charlie Cowell
(Ezra Burros), Harold's arch
enemy. Marian tries to prevent Charlie from getting to the Mayor, but is
unsuccessful. She wants to warn Harold, but Charlie reaches him first. He still
has time to run, but he can't – he's hooked on Marian.
The angry town gathers, hearing that Harold is a fake. Marian speaks out in his
defense while the band arrives in uniforms. Harold is handed a baton. "Think,
men, think," is his command. At the drop of his arm comes the Minuet in G as it
has never been "played" before. But each struggling note is music to the
parents' ears. Harold has his band at last, and a truly loving librarian by his