‘Sound of Music’ coming to Perry-Lecompton High School
by Carolyn Kaberline
The halls of Perry-Lecompton High School will be filled with the “Sound of Music” as the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the same name will be presented this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 11 through 13 in the PLHS Theatre.
The musical, which is based on a true story, tells of Maria, a novitiate in an Austrian convent, who does not seem suited to becoming a nun. Therefore, when naval officer Georg Von Trapp contacts the convent and asks for a governess for his seven children, Maria is given the job.
Since his wife’s death, Von Trapp has tried to run the household as he would those under him in the navy. Maria soon finds a way to bring joy to both the children and Von Trapp, and before long the two find themselves falling in love, despite the fact that he’s already engaged and she’s still a postulant. Not only do the two begin to question their futures, they also must contend with the Nazi takeover of Austria.
The Broadway production of the musical, starring Mary Martin as Maria and Theodore Bikel as Georg Von Trapp, opened in November 1959 and enjoyed a run of 1,443 performances before closing in June of 1963. However, more people probably remember the 1965 movie version starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
The musical is also probably best known for its songs “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and “Edelweiss,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and “The Sound of Music.”
“I thought it was time to go back to a classic,” said director Nick Griggs. “While the kids at the high school can do any musical, with Alayna’s [Powell] help as preK-4 elementary music teacher, we had access to kids of all ages, so this musical was a perfect fit.”
“I like that it’s a classical musical,” said Taylor Easum who plays Maria in the PLHS production. Easum, who admits to watching the movie version “at least 15 times,” also noted that “When people hear that we’re doing it, they say ‘I’m definitely going to come and watch that.’ ”
Rachel Haley, who portrays Sister Berthe, said she’s comfortable with the cast and “confident in their vocal abilities. “I also know that everyone will carry through with their parts.”
In addition to Easum and Haley, other cast members include Derrick Eddy as Captain Von Trapp; Charis Fisher as the Mother Abbess; Addison Jones as Rolf Gruber; Sarah Haley as Sister Sophia; Lis Schaffer, Sister Margaretta, Brandon Nelson, Franz (the butler); Sarah Haynes, Frau Schmidt (the housekeeper); Hannah Fair, Elsa Schrader; Drew Sorrick, Max Detweiler; Austin Naramore, Herr Zeller; Emily Schmidt, Frau Zeller; Cody Amerine, Baron Elberfeld; Kyley Coffelt, Baroness Elberfeld; Trevor Madorin, Admiral Von Schrieber; Sean Neavitt, Lt. Albrecht; and Brandon Eddy, Sergeant Neumann.
The Von Trapp children are portrayed by Catie Winchester, Chantelle Davis, Logan Hatfield, Scott Hirsch, Dani Winchester, Sara Haggard, and Julia Johnson.
Nuns, novices and postulants include Mary Carline, Kelsey Harwood, Kyley Coffelt, Mary Stewart, Olivia Schwyhart, Kristine Packard, Kaylee Visser, Annie Mehl, Chelsea Stanwix, Krystal Thompson, Dellynn Hansen, Faelan Jacobson, Anna Tust, Kelly Palmer, Ashlee Herken, Leanna Meyers, Jaidyn Matney, Brittany Nemechek, Jordan Erickson, Amber Aylor, Taylor Fuller, Bella Schaffer, Nicole Marino, Emily Schmidt, Tsehay Thomas, Jessica Porter, Allison Potter, and Marissa Bartling.
Nazi soldiers and neighbors of the Von Trapp family include Keegan Rupple, Michael Mallonee, Brady Carver, Dakota Rector, Jacob Morris, Riley Davis, Luke Kellum, Austin Johanning, Michael King, and Matt Logan.
In addition to Griggs the musical is directed by Tara Cooprider and Alayna Powell. The pit orchestra includes Gary Keller, Mike Maloun, Nancy Zahniser, Mr. and Mrs. Rich Galbraith, Ben Maloun, Janice Leux, Brian Leux, Mike Stewart, and Mary Levi Mehl.
A dinner theater will be featured Thursday, Nov. 11, with dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Only those with reservations for the dinner will be allowed to attend this performance. The performances Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 13, will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for these two performances are $5 at the door.
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