by Bruce Strand, Arts Editor
The Von Trapp children and their captivating governess Maria will be singing “Do-Re-Mi” and “My Favorite Things” and other classic songs at Spectrum High School next weekend.
“The Sound of Music” is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, directed by Dan McLaughlin.
“The play is shaping up really well,” said McLaughlin, a St. Paul-based playwright and actor. “We are finding a lot of good moments, funny and touching moments. We are finding that rhythm that you need for a good play.”
Maria Rainer, who wanted to be a nun but instead found harmony with six children and their widower father, is played by Susan Newberger, with Ryan Swanson as Captain Von Trapp.
“Susie has a big load to carry, and she is shouldering it well,” said the director.
Alyssa Spofford will sing “Climb Every Mountain” in the role of Mother Abbess. Dakota Woolhouse plays the enterprising Max. Carissa Bolles is Elsa, the fiancé who loses Von Trapp to Maria.
The action will spill into the audience occasionally, including the wedding procession.
The Von Trapp children are played by Kyla Gallagher (Liesl), Alexander Staricka (Friedrich), Alyson Kraus (Louisa), Carter Hanson (Kurt), Megan Kjendle (Bridgetta) and Jessica Bolles (Louisa).
The cast also has Nathan Roberts as Franz, Mary McCarty as Frau Schmidt, Travis Bondy as Herr Zeller, Josiah Roberts as Nazi commander Von Schreiberg, and Theodore Cullen as Rolph.
Also on stage are Shayla Schaible, Katie Ridge, Marie Miller, Audrey Kotek, Usa Stiller, Megan Hassing, Noah Schaber, Daniel Bolles, Marcus Grund, Zachary Hessing and Anthony Kath.
Choreographer is Liz Yoder, a freelance artist. Nate Farley of Northwestern-St. Paul is assistant director.
‘The Sound of Music’
At Spectrum H.S.
Friday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 27, 3 p.m.