“Sound of Music” on stage at GHS

by marlys good

“The Sound of Music” opens a three-night stand today (Thursday, Nov. 20) at 7 p.m. in the Greybull High School auditorium.

Presented by Big Horn County School District No. 3 and the Greybull Fine Arts Council, “The Sound of Music” is based on the book written by Maria von Trapp, “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” with music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

The story centers around Maria (Emma Nelson), who leaves an Austrian convent to become governess to the seven children of naval officer widower Capt. George von Trapp (Seth Hoblitt).

Cast as the children are Sammi Stewart at Liesl; Keegan Jenness as Friedrich; Joslyn Alonzo as Louisa; Jordan Preciado as Kurt; Austyn Sheets as Brigitta; Aftin DeRosa as Marta and Caroline Boyer as Gretl.

Woven into the happy times is the darker theme of a world in which Adolf Hitler is rising to power, expanding his reign and control over Europe. Capt. von Trapp is ordered to report to German Naval Headquarters. Opposed to Nazism, von Trapp tells his family they must leave Austria.

Community members in the cast include Jennifer McCoy-Stewart as Sister Margaretta, Shelly King (Sister Sophia), Wende Jenness (Frau Zeller/nun), Christine McMillan (nun), Jais Tingland (Max Detweiler) and Mark Sanford (Admiral von Schreiber).

The musical is directed by Michael Jaycox, Em Wilson and Darla Haller.

Jaycox said “The Sound of Music,” is more than just wonderful musical numbers, beautiful scenery, young and old love and humor; it has a deep moral message. That message is to be yourself and stand up for what you believe. This is shown in the captain’s character as he works to remain true to who he is in spite of the outside forces that are pressuring him to change.

“The cast and crew have been working extremely hard. I am positive you will agree that the students and community members involved have been extremely committed to this project. As in the past, everyone involved must negotiate employment, school, sports and other personal commitments to bring this show to life, which they have done. This stage is alive with music.”

Tickets ($6) can be purchased at the door.

Treat yourself to an evening of fun. The play will also be on stage Friday and Saturday, same time, same location.