Maria with the Children
The Sound of Music
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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 1930sthe 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 childrens 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 Marias 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 shows run.
Executive Producer, Richard Pletcher
Artistic Director, Jerry OBoyle
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 Christmas Buffet from
The Sound Of Music was based on Maria Von Trapps first book, The Trapp Family Singers. In 1938 The Trapp family left their belongings, friends and home to escape Hitlers 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
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