The Sound of Music, everyone's favorite musical, continues to come to life on Mont Harmon Junior High's theatre stage. Opening night was Nov. 12 and the show will continue to run starting with Thursday night Nov. 19, 20, 21 and 23.
The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. The Monday performance on Nov. 23 are being held purposely for those folks too busy on the weekends.
The all local cast includes Rebecca Taylor as Maria and Ron Patterson as Captain Von Trapp, Delynn Childs as Elsa Schraeder, Josh Behn as Max Detweiler, and Diane Clifford as Mother Abbess.
"We have double cast the children's roles because we had such a wealth of talent audition for those sevenroles," Michael Hughes, the director, remarked. "The hardest part of this whole process was having to turn down the other 100 eager children." Madelaine Nyffeler, assistant director and producer for this show agreed. "Over 125 people auditioned for this show, indicating to us that it is, indeed, a favorite of many. But the choices were really hard as we cast the show from so many talented auditioners. We were able to use a large number of the women and older girls as nuns and the music they provide makes a heavenly backdrop."
Lots of people have stepped into new or different roles for this production. John Behn, technical director, recruited Eric Mantz as sound engineer, Brent Stockdale as lighting designer, and Ashley Yakovich as light board operator. Jennifer Chiara and her mother, Diane Berry, have directed the music for this show with Jay Andrus acting as vocal and Latin coach for the nun choir. Natalie Mantz , as the choreographer, has added lots of dance movement. Kristy Woodhouse is our scenic designer and painter. Floree Jenkins, as our costumer, has dressed two casts of kids and 24 nuns.
Stewart Scoville has designed new advertising signs and used new technology (thanks to Dave Gerrard at Sign Edge) so we feel like we have stepped up to lots of new ideas.
There are two songs in the play version that will be new to the movie fans. We encourage folks to come out two different nights so they can see both casts of Von Trapp children. In live theatre, every night is different, but these two casts of children are so delightfully different, you will want to come twice. Tickets can be purchased at the door.