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NAPPANEE, Indiana – The Sound Of Music, eleventh and last of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical comedies that delighted American theatregoers from Oklahoma! Onward, will be the holiday attraction at Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre. The musical that celebrates the adventures of the famous von Trapp Family Singers will be presented for 35 performances between November 11 and December 20. The show will run Wednesday through Saturday evenings with Saturday and Sunday matinees. It is the final musical of the ten month season. The theatre is home to the only resident musical company in Indiana and the Midwest.

Robin Aronson will star as Maria Rainer, the role originated on Broadway by Mary Martin and for motion pictures by Julie Andrews, the courageous convent postulant who became a governess to seven motherless children, and Stanley Schorr as Capt. Von Trapp, the aristocratic Austrian father of the children.

The plot of The Sound Of Music more or less follows the real-life story of a family of singers who delighted concert hall audiences in America and Europe beginning in the late 1930’s—the tale of a group who, a few years earlier, living securely and happily in an Austrian castle, would never have imagined that the rise of the Nazis would force them to flee into exile and become "performers."

Embellishing this warm, light-hearted tale are some of the most memorable tunes in the abundant Rodgers and Hammerstein song bag. These include the rousing Climb Every Mountain," a wistful "My Favorite Things," a touching song for the children called "Do Re Mi," the melodious title song, and the nostalgic "Edelweiss."

Scott Saegesser will direct the heart-warming sentiment of this musical fable, Jessica Texidor-Harrigen will choreograph its dances and Dave Waterman will design the colorful, picturesque settings in and around the castle and convent. Laura Freeman will coordinate the costumes of the 1938 period.

Over 65 children responded to the open audition call for the seven Von Trapp children’s roles. For the first time since its 1959 debut, The Sound Of Music is in revival on Broadway. The revival was nominated for a Tony award as the Best Musical Revival.

Shortly after their first concert tour in America the Von Trapps fell in love with the town of Stowe, Vermont. The hilly New England area reminded them of their native Austria. An old, abandoned farmhouse was purchased and the family moved in, creating the Von Trapp family lodge. Today the lodge covers several thousand acres and is run by Maria’s youngest son Johannes. Amish Acres producer Richard Pletcher has made arrangements with Johannes to use the menu from the lodge for The Sound Of Music buffet in Amish Acres Barn Loft Grill. The buffet will be offered each Friday night of the show’s run.

The Staff of The
Round Barn Theatre

Executive Producer, Richard Pletcher
Artistic Director, Jerry O’Boyle
Production Manager, Robert Geils
Technical Director, Dave Waterman
Business Manager, Jeff Dorsey
Administrative Assistant, Shana Leigh Herb
Box Office Manager, Katie Livertt
Box Office Supervisor, Patti Siroky
Group Sales Manager, Shirley Pitney
Marketing Director, Angie Pletcher Stillson
Artistic Director of Marketing, Jeff Stillson
Costume Designer, Laura Freeman
Production Assistants, Jeremy Littlejohn & Jayson Elliott
Artistic Associates, Scott Saegesser & Jessica Harrigan Texidor
Public Relations, Robin Aronson
Building and Grounds Manager, Elliott Correll
Electrical Engineer, John Woolly 

The Sound of Music Staff

Director, Scott Saegesser
Assistant Director, Robert Geils
Musical Director, Kent Gwin
Co-Choreographers, Scott Saegesser
& Jessica Harrigan Texidor
Stage Manager, Jayson Elliott
Costume Coordinator, Laura Freeman
Costumes Designed By Heartland Scenic Studios
Set Designer, Dave Waterman
Lighing Design, Jerry O’Boyle & Dave Waterman
Sound Designer, Timothy Bennett
Production Manager, Robert Geils
Master Carpenter, Stanley Schorr
Scenic Painters, Jeff Stillson & Leesa Hepler
Orchestra Manager, Ryan Claus
Props Coordinators, Robin Aronson & Jeremy Littlejohn
Wig Master, Robert Geils
Dance Captain, Jessica Harrigan Texidor
Piano, Kent Gwin
Reeds, Ryan Claus & Scott Saegesser
Cello, Sarah Dorian

  Scenes and Songs
The Sound of Music

Act I

Scene 1
The Nonnberg Abbey
Nuns of the Nonnberg Abbey

Scene 2
The Mountainside Near the Abbey
The Sound of Music

Scene 3
The Nonnberg Abbey
Mother Abbess and the Nuns
My Favorite Things
Mother Abbess and Maria

Scene 4
The Terrace of the Trapp Villa
Maria and the Children

Scene 5
The Terrace Later That Evening
Sixteen Going On Seventeen
Rolf and Liesl

Scene 6
Maria’s Bedroom
The Lonely Goatherd
Maria and the Children

Scene 7

The Terrace of the Villa, six weeks later
How Can Love Survive?
Max, Elsa and the Captain
Reprise: The Sound of Music
The Children and the Captain

Scene 8
The Terrace and Living Room, one week later
So Long, Farewell
The Children

Scene 9

The Nonnberg Abbey, three days later
Morning Hymn
The Nuns
Climb Every Mountain
Mother Abbess

Act II

Scene 1
The Terrace
Reprise: My Favorite Things
The Children and Maria
No Way To Stop It
Elsa, Max and the Captain
An Ordinary Couple
Maria and the Captain

Scene 2

The Terrace, one month later
Reprise: Sixteen Going On Seventeen
Maria and Liesl

Scene 3

The Concert Hall Stage, three days later
Reprise: Do-Re-Mi
The von Trapp Family
The Captain and Family
Reprise: So Long, Farewell
The Von Trapp Family

Scene 4
The Nonnberg Abbey, that night
Reprise: Climb Every Mountain
The Company

The Cast

Maria Rainer Robin Aronson
Sister Berthe Shana Leigh Herb
Sister Margaretta Leigh Angel
Sister Sophia Carla Wisler
The Mother Abbess Susan Yoder
Nun Donna Weaver
Nun Judy Borntrager
Captain Georg Von Trapp Stanley Schorr
Franz Sam Brown
Frau Schmidt Leigh Angel
Liesl Von Trapp Jessica Harrigan Texidor
Friedrich von Trapp Brett Schrier
Louisa Von Trapp Kaitlyn Tom
Brigitta Von Trapp Elisabeth Kline
Kurt Von Trapp Caleb Shaw
Marta Von Trapp Molly Campbell
Gretl Von Trapp Laura Dick
Rolf Gruber Benjamin Green
Elsa Schrader Laura Freeman
Max Detweiler Jerry O’Boyle
Herr Zeller Ryan Caldwell
Baron Elberfeld Peter Wehle
Admiral Von Schreiber Jeremy Littlejohn
Frau Zeller Judy Borntraeger
Baroness Elberfeld Donna Weaver 

The Sound of Music Director’s Note

Welcome to the Round Barn Theatre’s 1998 holiday production, The Sound of Music. Because of this show’s popularity and memorable story and music, almost everyone has seen it and loves it. We have been moved by its message of being true to one’s beliefs, and its depiction of the triumph of the human spirit. It is wonderful holiday fare, because of its message of family and togetherness. These days "family" is not an easily definable term. They come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. The Von Trapp family would be referred to today as "non-traditional." Captain Von Trapp needed someone to bring love back into his life; the children needed a mother to guide them; Maria needed a family to inspire her and to love. Sister Margaretta always says, "When God shuts a door, He opens a window." After my experience with this show, I think the definition of family is: a group of people who love and support each other, and are sometimes related. On behalf of my "non-traditional" family here at the Round Barn, I would like to wish you and your family a joyous holiday season. Enjoy the show!

Scott Saegesser

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Trapp Family Lodge
Stowe, Vermont
Trapp Family Lodge

The Sound Of Music was based on Maria Von Trapp’s first book, The Trapp Family Singers. In 1938 The Trapp family left their belongings, friends and home to escape Hitler’s reign. Maria was pregnant with their tenth child, Johannes, now president of the Trapp Family Lodge. They climbed over the Austrian Alps into a tiny mountain village in Italy and never turned back. The family sang to survive.

On their first American tour they discovered Stowe, Vermont. This tiny mountain hamlet reminded them of the home they left behind in Austria. They invested their one thousand dollars in savings and purchased an old farmhouse on 600 acres, named it Cor Unum or "One Heart" and created the Trapp Family Lodge that now covers 2,200 acres. Austrian cuisine is similar to German food, but with Hungarian and Slav elements lingering from the days of the Empire. Brenda Ritter, Amish Acres chef, has created this menu through the inspiration of the Trapp Family Lodge Austrian Tea Room.

The Sound of Music
Theme Buffet

Trapp Family Lodge
The Sound Of Music
The Austrian Tea Room

Christmas Buffet

Smoked Salmon Crepe with Crème Fraiche
Golden Potato Pancake with Melted Caraway Havarti Cheese
Braunsweiger and Water Crackers


Huberknodel Suppe
Chicken soup filled with big chicken-dumplings


Austrian Beer Bread

Tyrolean-style Endive and Watercress

Sautéed Breaded Veal Cutlet with Spaetzle
served with a Cranberry Relish Austrian-style
Roast Quail Served with Spinach
and Bread Dumplings
Bratwurst and Sauerkraut


Warm Potato Salad
Green Beans


Black Forrest Cake
Vermont Maple Cream Pie

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