Beaver Dam High School presents “The Sound of Music”

November 7, 2018

One of the most beloved musicals of all time comes to the Beaver Dam High School stage this week.

“The Sound of Music” brings together 45 cast members, 25 pit orchestra members, 12 stage crew members and a production team of 12. It is the first show to be performed in the high school’s newly refurbished auditorium.

Based on Maria von Trapp’s autobiography, the musical was the final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The original production opened almost 60 years ago on Broadway and the 1965 motion picture version starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer remains a beloved favorite for millions.

Director Mark Lefeber said the show has been a fun and unique experience for the cast and crew.

“We are used to asking questions like, ‘Is that dance move appropriate to the time period?’ or ‘Would they wear that in the 1950s?’” he said. “With this particular musical, we’ve been able to know more, because these characters are based on real people.”

Lefeber shared that junior Annie Friedl, who plays Maria, was watching a documentary about the real von Trapps, but turned it off at the point the musical ended.

“She told me she didn’t want to know what happened to Maria’s life beyond that, because her character didn’t know,” Lefeber said. “She did say she’d finish the documentary after the show is done.”

“The Sound of Music” is set in Salzburg, Austria, immediately preceding World War II. Maria, who is studying to be a nun, is sent to serve as governess for the seven children of widowed naval Capt. von Trapp (played by junior Nathan Stafford). Maria brings a new love of life and music into the home. Tension ensues when Austria is invaded by the Nazis, who demand the captain’s service in their navy. The final scene depicts the family’s attempt to escape.

Audiences will be treated to familiar, heartwarming tunes such as, “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”

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