WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Staples High School production of "The Music Man" features a special surprise: a public display of a 1946 "Saturday Evening Post" cover painting of the Staples High School band at the Westport school.
Named "The Band Played On (The Big Game)" the oil painting was done by Westport artist Steven Dohanos, and will hang in the auditorium lobby throughout the Staples' Players run of "The Music Man." The musical runs the Nov. 11-13, and Nov. 18-19.
The painting was conserved by Westport Public Arts Collections Committee, or WestPAC, and depicts five members of the 1946 Staples High School band. Limited edition prints of the painting are available for purchase during the performances and at the website .
Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Westport Public Art Collections, Staples Music Parents Association and the Westport Historical Society.
The painting was installed recently by members of the Friends of Westport Public Arts Collections Committee, along with First Selectman Jim Marpe, Staples High School Principal James D’Amico, Town Curator Kathie Bennewitz, and Staples Players Director David Roth.
For more details and tickets for "The Music Man," click here to visit the Staples Players website.