The Sound of Music at Pottsgrove High School

 

            Pottsgrove High School presents one of the most popular family musicals of all time—Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 19-20.  The musical begins at 7:30 PM each evening in the Richard Radel Auditorium at the high school.

            Rebecca Smith portrays Maria, the unorthodox postulant, who is sent as governess to manage Captain von Trapp’s (Jake Deska) seven children.  The von Trapp children are played by Brianna Beitler, Tyler Montgomery, Hannah Windrim, Bryce Clemmer, Tayler Nofer, Ava Reicher, and Lindsay Palmer.

            Set in Austria in 1938, the show follows Maria and the Captain’s romance against the backdrop of the impending Nazi invasion.  Urging the Captain to compromise are his friends, Max Detweiler (Josh Crocetto) and Baroness Schraeder (Cierra Fekelman).  Maria is supported by the Mother Abbess (Shayna Flint) in the memorable song “Climb Every Mountain.”

            Other featured performers include Luke Robles, Diane DiLabio, Emma Burrus, Kristi Shultz, Joe Kelley, Hailee Tyson, Sydney Hernandez, and Christian Samilenko.

            And Madison Bartzel, Andrew Bayless, MJ Bird, Diane Buchanan, Alec Dorris, Lizzy Galamba, Matthew Gambino, Austin Giraud, Aidan Kelch, Aaron Nealy, Shelby Poston, Anthony Romano, Rebekah Schueck, Michaela Sloan, Marcus Taylor, Michael Thornton, Elly Tran, Katlyn Trapani, Hannah Weghorst, and Allison Wentzel.

            The production is directed by faculty member Todd Kelly with assistance from Holli Artim.  The student director is Courtney Weaver.  Cynthia Foust is the vocal director while Victor Holladay conducts the orchestra.  Stacy Couch serves as choreographer.  Set construction is by Tom Bannister with art supervision by Cindy Scherer and Brian Artim.  Liz Rodenbaugh oversees the costuming while David Moyer helms the stage crew.

            The musical boasts such well-known songs as “The Sound of Music,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and others.  Other tuneful Rodgers and Hammerstein melodies such as “How Can Love Survive?” and “No Way to Stop It,” which do not appear in the movie, are included in the stage version.

            Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens.  Tickets are available from cast members or may be purchased at the door.  For additional information contact the high school at 610-326-5105.

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