Seniors Glenn, Dean in show’s leading roles

Published 12:01 am Saturday, February 22, 2014

Kat Dean and Hampton Glenn

Kat Dean and Hampton Glenn

Ask Paula Sue Duebelt – who has sworn a number of times that the current musical was her last – why she’s doing Music Man as a part-time choral instructor at Andalusia High School, and she is brutally frank.

“Hampton Glenn.”

Glenn is the grandson of Duebelt’s lifelong friend and current volunteer accompanist at AHS, Sue Bass Wilson, and he happens to have the role of Harold Hill in Music Man.

Glenn said he wanted to do Music Man because he thought it would showcase his talents.

He said his favorite part of the show is Act I, Scene I or Rock Island, and his favorite song in the show is “76 Trombones.”

“It starts with all the other salesmen on a train with me on it as well,” he said. “They are all talking about Harold Hill (me) and how I’m am giving them a hard time with their sales because I’m a phony salesman. The rhythms and beats to that song/scene are wonderful as well as all the actors in it.”

Glenn’s first role was in Annie at age 6.  He did Oliver at age 9, and Wizard of Oz at 11. At AHS, he was part of Bye Bye Birdie as a freshman.

Glenn is vice president of SGA, a member of Peer Helpers, band, chorus and the golf team, and is an ambassador for the City of Andalusia. He plans to attend the University of Alabama and be a third-generation member of the Million Dollar Band.

Kat Dean, who has the female lead, is cast as Marion Paroo opposite Glenn.

Dean said her favorite scene is one in which she argues with her stage mother, Lorren Shaffer.

“We’re really good at it,” she said.

Dean also previously was in Bye, Bye Birdie and in two productions of Beauty and the Beast.

She is a member of the AHS chorus, Peer Helpers, Fellowship of Christian Students, Southside Baptist Church choir and youth group, and has performed with ACT I.

She also plays guitar and ukulele, and plans to major in music.

Music Man will be performed March 1, 7 p.m.; March 2, 2 p.m.; March 3, 7 p.m. at the AHS auditorium. Tickets: $8, available from Bass Agency, the AHS office and The Andalusia Star-News.