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The Sound of Music

Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by MARIA AUGUSTA TRAPP
Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN 2nd
Additional Music and Lyrics by RICHARD RODGERS
Book by HOWARD LINDSAY AND RUSSEL CROUSE

New York run: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, November 16, 1959

Plot Synopsis

Maria Rainer, a young postulant at the Nonnberg Abbey in Austria in the late 1930's, is easily distracted from her religious duties by her daydreams and the majestic beauty of the mountains. The mother Abbess, convinced that Maria needs some time away from the Abbey to ponder her future, assigns her to be the governess for the family of Captain Georg von Trapp, a retired naval officer and widowed father of seven children.

The Captain and Maria have radically different ideas about how children should be raised. The Captain is intent on applying the strict rules of military discipline to his home life. While he is away, Maria ignores his instructions and introduces the children to the lighter side of life. And she teaches them how to sing.

The Captain has been courting Baroness Elsa Schraeder from the sophisticated social circles of Vienna, but it is the unsophisticated Maria who wins his heart. They are married and leave on a month-long honeymoon.

Meanwhile, the clouds of war are hanging over Europe. The Nazis take over Austria and order the Captain to return to active military service. The family's last chance to escape comes at a music festival. During the performance, they slip away and cross the mountains to safety.

The Sound of Music, one of the most popular musicals ever to appear on Broadway, marked the final collaboration betwween two of the giants of musical theatre, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. It opened on November 15, 1959, with Mary Martin playing the role of Maria and walked away with six Tony Awards, including best musical. The film version a few years later starring Julie Andrews won five Academy Awards, including best picture.

 

Songs from the Show - Act One

Preludium: Dixit Dominus, Morning Hymn, Alleluia Nuns' Chorus
The Sound of Music Maria
Maria Mother Abbess, Sisters Berthe, Margaretta and Sophia
My Favorite Things Maria, Mother Abbess
I Have Confidence Maria
Do-Re-Mi Maria, Children
Sixteen Going on Seventeen Rolf, Liesl
The Lonely Goatherd Maria, Children
How Can Love Survive? Max, Elsa
The Sound of Music (Reprise) Children, Captain, Maria
The Party:  
Grand Waltz and Landler Guests of the Captain
So Long, Farewell Children
Climb Ev'ry Mountain Mother Abbes

 Songs from the Show - Act Two

Entr'acte Orchestra
No Way to Stop It Elsa, Max, Captain
Something Good Maria, Captain
The Wedding: Gaudeamus Domino, Processional, Canticle Nuns' Chorus
Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Reprise) Maria, Liesl
The Concert:  
Do-Re-Mi (Reprise) Family von Trapp
Edelweiss Captain
So Long, Farewell (Reprise) Family von Trapp
Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Reprise) Mother Abbess, Nun's Chorus

 

2007-2008 Production

Presented June 6-14, 2008 at Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa

 

Cast

Maria Robin Guy
Captain von Trapp Jim Baldwin
Mother Abbess Martha Milne
The Children of Captain von Trapp:  
Liesl Jane Evans
Friedrich Jeremy Sanders
Louisa Kelleagh Moore
Brigitta Rachel Schenk
Marta Grace Duern
Kurt Charles Wickham
Gretl Olivia Duffin
Rolf Gruber Thomas Swayne
Elsa Schraeder Irish O'Brien
Max Detweiler Lawrence Evenchick
Sister Berthe Debbie Millett
Sister Margaretta Joyce Landry
Sister Sophia Laura Duncan
Franz Murray Doggett
Frau Schmidt Maureen Speer
Herr Zeller David King
Baron Elberfeld Lorne Landreville
Admiral von Schreiber Jim Robertson
CHORUS Nicola Adams, Kristi Aruja, Lucy Bamforth, Micha Barriault, Marisa Bettino, Maureen Brannan, Stephanie Crepin, Michael David, Emily Duffin, Emma Ferrante, Joy Forbes, Natasha Harwood, Cathie Hendley, Michael Kavcic, Jay Landreville, Lorne Landreville, Danine May, Warner McQueen, Mark Merredew, Paul Merredew, Robin Monaghan, Jim Morrison, Sharon O'Neil, Jim Robertson, Chloe Seguin, Ken Tucker, Pascale Yensen, Lynnie Zunder

 

Orchestra

TBA

 

Production Personnel

Executive Producer Lena Triebe
Producer Lisa Hopkins
Director Patrick Donahue
Musical Director Gabriel Leury
Choreographer Maria Mespolet
Technical Director Charles Russell
Set Designer Michael Gareau
Scenic Artist Annemarie Zeyl
Master Carpenter Mark Muench
Costume Designer Ann Ricard
Wardrobe Mistress Tiara Wallace
Cutter Karole Kidd-Witiuk
Costume Production Manager TBA
Lighting Designer Raivo Nommik
Sound Designer John Cybanski
Properties Designer Teresa Seasons
Stage Manager Rory Ingram
Assistant Stage Managers Lisa Dalmazzi
Make-up Designer Kerry Price
Hair Designer Kerry Price
Production Assistants Tom Lupiano, Carmella Wilson
Rehearsal Accompanist Paul Legault
Audition Accompanist Theresa O'Meara-Cillis, John McGovern, Nancy McCaughan, Terry Duncan
Social Convenor (Centrepointe) Karen Wallace
Apprentice Director Charles Russell
Apprentice Musical Director James Barron

 

1990-1991 Production

Presented May 24-June 1, 1991 at the High School of Commerce Auditorium, Ottawa

 

Cast

Maria Rainer Barbara Seabright-Moore
Captain Georg von Trapp Al Baldwin
Mother Abbess Marylen Milenkovic
The Children of Captain von Trapp:
Liesl Kristin Gauthier
Friedrich Jonathan Gould
Louisa Emma Culpeper
Brigitta Stacey Ingrey
Marta Talya Messeri
Kurt Jonas Elliott
Gretl Siobhan McGovern
Rolf Gruber Kevin Kelly
Elsa Schraeder Pat Current
Max Detweiler Jim Robertson
Sister Berthe Cher Daley
Sister Margaretta Laura Charles
Sister Sophia Nicola Oddy
Franz Wayne Gibson
Frau Schmidt Heather Monkman
Herr Zeller Jack Wallace
Baron Elberfeld Jim Morrison
Admiral von Schreiber Peter Messier
CHORUS Vivian Asfar, Francine Bateman, Michael Bellefeuille, Vera Campbell, Stephanie Coward-Goddard, Eleanor Cowburn, Terry Davis, Brenda Firobin, Linda Fournier, Anne Fraser, Janet Fraser, Normand Lalonde, Melodie MacDonald, Brian McCauley, Peter Messier, Robin Monaghan, Anne Montgomery, Jim Morrison, Sharon O'Neil, Roger Proulx, Barb Quirie, Pam Reynolds, Guylaine Roy, Elizabeth Sabey, Sarah Strange, Marie Lyne Tremblay, Karen Walker, Deanna Waterman

Orchestra

Under the direction of Rod Holmes

Violins Irving Thompson, Ioan Harea, Kathleen Hovey
Viola Eliane Milliquet
Cello Steve Smith
Bass Sol Gunner
Flute/Piccolo Lilliane Mabson
Oboe/English Horn Veronica Milroy
Clarinets John Hilchie, Dave Ward
Trumpets Sid Holmes, Michel Renaud
French Horn Brenda Cook
Trombone Marlene Hudson
Percussion Art Beers
Guitar Neil Bateman
Harp Caroline Leonardelli

 

Production Personnel

Production Coordinator Marylin Day
Director Michael Gareau
Musical Director Rod Holmes
Choreographer Carole Billingham
Assistant Choreographer Robert McColman
Assistant to the Director Susan Dacey
Set Designers The Camel Crew
Costume Designers Norma Coll and Bev Whitehead
Lighting Designer Chris Amott
Properties Master Chris Cullen
Sound Technicians Bill Butterworth and Frank Burke
Accompanists Lorna Rice and Paul Legault
Stage Manager Tom Mordasewicz
Assistant Stage Manager Marylin Day
Master Carpenter Andrew Hill
Workshop Chairman Tom Shields
Make-up Designers Melva Scott and Barbara Seeton

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