The Sound of Music
Music by Richard Rodgers | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II | Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse | Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp
September 6-15, 2013
Carpenter Performance Hall at Irving Arts Center
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving, Texas
September 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14 @ 8:00 pm
and September 8 & 15 @ 2:30 pm.
Lyric Stage’s commitment to presenting classic American musicals with full orchestras playing the original Broadway orchestrations continued with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC. This was the original stage production featuring Trude Rittman’s iconic vocal arrangements and Robert Russell Bennett’s dazzling orchestrations played by Lyric Stage’s 38 piece acoustic orchestra.
Returning to Lyric Stage after his triumphant star turns in KISMET and PLEASURES AND PALACES, Christopher Carl played Captain von Trapp opposite newcomer Bri Sudia’s Maria. The cast included Christopher Curtis as Max, Janelle Lutz as Elsa, Jodi Wright as the Mother Abbess, 2012 Schmidt and Jones Best Actress winner Emily McIntyre as von Trapp’s eldest child Liesl and Johnny Lee as Rolf. The adult ensemble included Carlee Cagle, Dana Taylor, Delynda Moravec, Emily Ford, James Williams, Jessica Lemmons, Kimberly Smith, Laura Lites, Lucia Welch, Mark Hawkins, Mark Oristano, Monica Music, Noelle Chesney, Rebekah Ankrom and Sarah Powell. The von Trapp children were Emily McIntyre, Colin G. Beaton, Emma Colwell, Hunter Hall, Hayley Lenamon, Sarah Youngblood and Mimi Barrus.
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.
Cheryl Denson directed the production and Jay Dias music directed and conducted the Lyric Stage Orchestra. Choreography was by Ann Nieman. The design team included Jane Quetin (properties), Bill Eickenloff (sound), Julie Simmons (lighting) Jeffrey Meek (costumes) and James Fouchard (sets). Production stage manager was Margaret J. Soch.