MUNSTER | The Munster Theatre Company, the Performing Arts Department of Munster High School, will present the timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "The Sound Of Music," opening May 2 in the Munster High School Auditorium, 8808 Columbia Ave.
Performances are at 7 p.m. May 2, 3 and 4, and at 2 p.m. May 5. Tickets are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights or in advance by calling (219) 838-2235 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When a nun postulant Maria (Morgan Papesh), proves too high-spirited for religious life, she is dispatched by Mother Abbess (Rachel Borgo) to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed Austrian Naval Captain, Baron Georg von Trapp (Christian Fary).
The captain is pursued by a Vienna socialite, Baroness Elsa von Schräder (Helene Jancosek), with the help of music impresario Max Detweiler (Ben Nichols), while eldest daughter Liesl (Allison Hemingway) discovers young love with telegram delivery boy Rolf Grüber (Michael Peters).
Maria’s growing rapport with youngsters Friedrich (Casey Terry), Louisa (Maddie O’Dea), Kurt (Noel Fary), Brigitta (Bess Fary), Marta (Stephanie Niemiec), and Gretl (Naomi Loos), coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern captain, and they marry.
Soon after, Austria is annexed by the Nazi Germany, and the captain is ordered to report to service in the German Navy. The family makes a narrow escape over the mountains with the gathering clouds of World War II at hand, providing one of the most thrilling finales ever presented on stage.
With a cast of 60, the production features Steven Caraher, Rohan Chatterjee, Kendall Goldberg, Daniel Straka, Colleen Kifer, Delilah Owens and Katie Gajewski.
The staff includes Producers/Directors Larry A Brechner and Carol Lynn Brechner, Music/Orchestra Director William Woods and Student Choreographer Laurel Demovich.
"The Sound of Music" was the final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, and the 1965 motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time. The score includes "Climb Every Mountain," "My Favorite Things" and