The Sound Of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by “The Story of the von Trapp Family Singers”

June 25-28, July 1-3, 8-12, 2003
The Boal Barn Playhouse

Production Staff

DirectorKim Silverman
Music DirectorJo Henry
ChoreographerCaitlin Osborne
Scenic DesignerBrandon Phillips
Costume DesignerEdna M. Immel
Technical DirectorSteve McGuire
Lighting DesignerDonald Ishler III
Stage ManagerSamantha E. Huckabee
Apprentice CoordinatorWilliam C. Mulberger

About the Show

After seeing a German movie on the Trapp family, Mary Martin thought the material would make a good play for her. Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse of Life with Father fame would write the script which would use music from the Trapp repertoire. But one more song was needed; Martin turned to her friends Rodgers and Hammerstein who thought the material would make a better musical than a play. Thus The Sound of Music was born.

Coming after a string of disappointing Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals (Me and Juliet, Pipe Dream, and Flower Drum Song) The Sound of Music, with its wonderfully tuneful score, was a welcomed and huge success despite mixed reviews that criticized the book – the only one in his collaboration with Rodgers that Hammerstein did not author or co-author – as overly sentimental. To some, the musical was more conventional than the groundbreaking Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals of the 1940s: Oklahoma, Carousel, Allegro, and South Pacific. Still, it had a long run. Sadly, it was the last musical the team wrote; Hammerstein died nine months after it opened. Over the years The Sound of Music has proven to be the most popular of their nine shows – after all, who can resist singing nuns and apple-cheeked children? And then there’s the movie; one of the most successful ever made. The movie has now achieved cult status. Audiences arrive at screenings dressed as nuns or female deer or “some of my favorite things” to sing along with Julie Andrews and company.

The Sound of Music ends dramatically as the Trapp family, climbing every mountain and fording every stream, makes its way over the Alps to escape the Nazis. But if truth be told, the family boarded a train to Italy on its way to America.

Richard Gidez for SCCT

The Cast

(in order of appearance)
Mother AbbessCathy Hutzell
Sister BertheBetty Bechtel
Sister MargarettaHeather Summers
Sister SophiaKathy DiMuccio
Nun/ChorusTonya Daher
Kat Kleman Davis
Marcy Perini
Postulant/ChorusMaggie Lee
Stephanie Lowden
New Postulant/ChorusKatie Martin
MariaAbbey Foard
Captain von TrappChris Gamble
FranzCharlie Wilson
Frau SchmidtClaire Brannen
FriedrichJonathan Bojan
LieslMaggie Cox
BrigittaDesiree Dennis
MartaEmily Dennis
GretlJordan Glover
LouisaLeah Mueller
KurtChristopher Perini
RolfJason Heiman
Elsa SchraederSally Best-Irvin
MaxRussel Bloom
Mike Waldheir (Understudy)
Herr Zeller/Chorus/DancerScott Miller
Baron Elberfeld/ChorusDavid R. Piltz
Baroness Elberfeld/Nun/DancerLauren Kenny
Admiral von Schreiber/ChorusJames Hall
Chorus/Extra/DancerSamuel Umbriac
Trio of HernebenSamuel Umbriac
Maggie Lee
Katie Martin
Fraulein SchreiberTonya Daher