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Sound of Music echoes through Waupun Junior/Senior High

November 8, 2018
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Maria, seated right, is shown teaching the von Trapp children how to sing "Do-Re-Mi" in the Waupun Junior/Senior High School production of "The Sound of Music." Seated from left are Lulu Opalewski (Marta), Reagan Holbach (Gretl) and Cassiday Van Buren (Maria). Standing from left are Emma Opalewski (Brigitta), Talon Gruhlke (Kurt), Samantha Horning (Luisa), Dylan Majors (Friedrich) and Makenna Kunz (Liesl).

WAUPUN — There may not be much in the way of hills in Waupun, but imaginary ones will be alive with the sound of music this weekend.

Waupun Area Junior/Senior High School will present “The Sound of Music” this weekend, with 7 p.m. showtimes Friday and Saturday as well as a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

The music of Richard Rodgers and the lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein have special appeal to high school choir teacher Becky Schultz, the musical’s director/choreographer. The music is woven into the classic tale written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

“Waupun hasn’t done a traditional/classic show in a few years, and I felt students needed to be exposed to this musical and story,” Schultz said. “There were so many students who had never seen ‘The Sound of Music.’ The music is wonderful!”

The music presented big challenges for the students. According to Schultz, the nuns had to learn a bit of Latin and sing in four parts with no accompaniment.

“It’s a huge learning experience for the younger singers and this required some leadership from students in the Select Choir,” Schultz said. “It was also essential to get students to express the emotions of the characters. There are a lot of scenes and lines to learn, but they also need to stay connected to the characters they are playing. They are truly growing as actors.”

Remodeling at the school also presented challenges, since contractors were busy adding 372 seats to the auditorium. That work allowed less rehearsal time on the stage, although students rose to the challenge and redoubled their efforts to overcome those obstacles.

Enthusiasm has been growing, and Schultz is eager to please all who attend.

“I love hearing the excitement build for community members looking forward to seeing the show,” she said.

Crew members include students in the high school art department. Other high school students are on the stage crew and operate the lights and sound system.

Performances will be held in the Waupun Junior/Senior High School, 801 E. Lincoln St., in the Large Group Instructional Room. Tickets are $5 for adult and $3 for K-12 student. Tickets are available in the high school office between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and at the door starting one hour before each performance.

Flowers and concessions will be available for purchase at the performances.

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