One of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, graces the stage at Chicago Street Theatre just in time for the holiday season, running November 23 through December 16.
What began as the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, became a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical—featuring music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse—in 1959 and an Academy Award-winning film in 1965. Decades after its theatrical debut, the story of a high-spirited postulant turned governess named Maria who brings life to the home of a widowed naval Captain and his seven children still enchants audiences.
Directors of Chicago Street Theatre’s production, Kristen DeBoer and Craig Golbesky, believe the familiarity of the story is the key to this continued captivation. “There really is something in the show for everyone: recognizable lyrics, relatable characters and, of course, the happy ending,” Golbesky says.
However, those familiar only with the movie may be surprised by the differences between the original stage production and the movie. “Songs are different, scenes are different and certain characters play a larger part in the stage production as well,” Golbesky explains.
Additionally, the musical’s World War II setting weighs heavier on the characters in the stage production than in the film. “Kristen and I are planning to emphasize what it must have been like for families living in Europe during those uncertain times,” remarks Golbesky. “At this time in history, the hills were not just alive with music. They were also alive with Nazis, rebellion and uncertainty.”
Although the The Sound of Music is the first production that DeBoer and Golbesky will be directing for Chicago Street Theatre, the duo has directed several different groups throughout Northwest Indiana—including the Memorial Opera House, 4th Street Theater, Dunes Summer Theatre and Portage Community Theatre.