'Sound of Music' gets local treatmentA Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, "The Sound of Music," will be staged July 14-16 and 22-24 at the Sheldon Theatre.
By: Ruth Nerhaugen, The Republican Eagle
A Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, "The Sound of Music," will be staged July 14-16 and 22-24 at the Sheldon Theatre.
A large cast of local actors, from children to seniors and all ages in between, is rehearsing under the direction of Jillynne Raymond.
The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, "The Sound of Music" takes place in Salzburg, Austria, on the cusp of World War II.
The play is in every sense a love story, according to Phoenix Theatre spokeswoman Marcy Watzl.
First there is the romance between Maria, a young postulant from the abbey played by Susan Kinyon, and retired Naval Captain von Trapp, a stern widower portrayed by Bill Foot.
Maria is sent to his home to serve as governess to his children, but she becomes much more. The play becomes "a love story of the entire family, as the captain begins to see his children through Maria's eyes," Watzl said.
Significantly, she added, the developing human relationships are "encapsulated within the story of the captain's resistance as the Nazi regime attempts to draft him out of retirement," Watzl said.
In addition, there is a "bittersweet young love and loss romance between the oldest von Trapp child, Liesl, and Rolf Gruber, her love-interest-turned-Nazi soldier," Watzl said. Roles are played by Briana Moynihan and Isaac Sevlie.
Cast as the other von Trapp children are Riley Larson as Friedrich, Emma Cory as Louisa, Molly Cyr as Brigitta, Connor Bergin as Kurt, Willa Nagel as Marta, and Alyssa Malyon as Gretl.
Anne Richardson appears as Elsa Schrader, who sees herself as the future Mrs. Von Trapp, and Tony Larson is Max Detwiler, von Trapp's friend. Charlie Woodruff is cast as Herr Zeller.
The nuns from the abbey are key to the story. Chelsea Indrehus plays the wise Mother Abbess; appearing as the other nuns will be Sara Hoffman, Leanne Overlander, Mary Rauterkus and others.
The 1965 movie version starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It won five Academy Awards, including best picture. Among the musical's best loved songs are "Maria," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss" and "Climb Every Mountain."
Although "The Sound of Music" is set in pre-World War II times, it remains relevant today, according to the director. "This story illustrates a strong humanitarian theme that will live forever," Raymond said.
In addition to playing the lead male role, Foot also is music director for the production. Rob Schmidtke is pit director.
Tickets are available from the Sheldon box office or online at www.sheldontheatre.org. Cost is $16 for adults and $10 for students, plus fees. Group rates are available.
If you go
Who: Phoenix Theatre
What: "The Sound of Music"
When: 7 p.m. July 14-16 and 22-23, 2 p.m. July 24
Where: Sheldon Theatre, 443 W. Third St.
How much: $16 adults, $10 students
More info: www.sheldontheatre.org, 651-388-8700 or 800-899-5759