GENESEO — One of the world’s favorite musicals, The Sound Of Music, will be presented in three performances by the award-winning Geneseo Central School Drama Club. The show will be presented Nov.16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on the 17, in GCS’ McCarthy Auditorium, 4050 Avon Road, Geneseo. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors and are available by calling 243-8088.
A warm and honest family story that’s based on fact, The Sound Of Music combines drama and comedy. The script by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse is based on Maria Augusta Trapp’s memoir The Trapp Family Singers. It also boasts of an exceptional song score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II that ranges from the infectious “Do-Re-Mi” to the soaring “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” along with such favorites as “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” and “Edelweiss.”
It tells of Maria Rainer, a high-spirited postulant in pre-WWII Austria, is sent by her Mother Abbess to act as governess to the seven children of an autocratic naval captain and widower Georg von Trapp in order that she may discover if she truly has a religious vocation. Maria’s love of music and life soon endears her to the children. But two circumstances bring danger into their lives: Maria’s growing feelings of love for her already engaged employer and the Captain’s unconcealed detestation of the Nazi regime that is occupying his homeland.
Playing Maria in the GCS production is Melita Kingston. Captain von Trapp is portrayed by Ben Kelly. The von Trapp children played by Evan Halstead, Emily Slade, Josh DeBell, Jordan VanBuren, Mallorie Allan, and Addy Capel, with Mary Rutigliano as Liesl, the eldest daughter.
Courting Liesl is young Rolf, played by Jamie Andrest. Captain von Trapp’s fiancee Elsa Schrader is played Emily Mullin and family friend Max is played by Kyle Fletcher. Sara Finn is the Mother Abbess and playing nuns are Ashley Dee, Logan Ellis, and Felicity Thomas.
Also in the cast are Desiree Alexander, Paul Allen, Alexandria Barnett, Skye Boughton, Matthew Capel, Hannah Case, Makenzee Cohoon, Lexi Conner, Mallory Crane, Noah Crane, Joel Cripps, Hannah Gressinger, Sarah Halstead, Phoebe Hartvigsen, Kate Hochbrueckner, Garrison Hunt, Theresa Ingro, Brittani Jopson, Brigid Kelly, Sean Kelly, Morgan Kennedy, Michaela Kingston, Anna Lamb, Eric Leary, Claire Linton, Francesca McClure, Zach Messerschmidt, Amanda Ortiz, Jaylene Pfaff, Emma Post, Hunter Radesi, Olivia Radesi, Connor Ragan, Ethan Roth, Anthony Rutigliano, John Rutigliano, Madison Scoville, Cameron Skidmore, Bailey Steinhauer, Dan Teall, Emily Watkins, Sarah Watkins, and Courtney Welch.
The GCS production of The Sound Of Music was directed by Bettina DeBell; it was produced by Chuck Nesbitt, and musical direction was provided by Emily McAdoo.
Also behind the scenes: stage manager– Rebecca Esham; sound—K. Callaghan Cylke and Jacob Lyon; lighting and spots—Matthew Esham, Sean Bennett, and Abigail Phillips; crew—Kyle Scoville, Riley Ellison, Stacy Ledwith, Josh Ruskauff, Paul Cripps Hannah VanWuckhuyse, and Maggie Wheeler; props—Nelle Argentieri, Stephanie Graham, and Julia Pavio; costumers—Autumn Lux, Kara Meierdiercks, Haley Moran, Paige Moreland, Gwen Norton, and Martha Norton; and the house managers Elizabeth Kaye and Emily Podhorecki.
Composer Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) was born in NYC and educated at Columbia University. He collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on a number of hit musicals before teaming with Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960). Hammerstein (also born in NYC) had previously collaborated with such distinguished composers as Rudolf Friml, Sigmund Romberg, Vincent Youmans, and Jerome Kern. Together, Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote nine shows, including Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, and The King And I.
Howard Lindsay (1889-1968) was born in Waterford, New York. He attended Harvard University and the American Academy of Dramatic Art and started out as an actor before becoming a playwright. In 1934, he teamed with Russel Crouse (1893-1966). Crouse, born in Findlay, Ohio, was a newspaper reporter and publicist before becoming a playwright. Together, the pair collaborated on Anything Goes, Call Me Madam, Life With Father, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The State Of The Union.
The Sound Of Music was a hit on Broadway, opening in 1959 with Mary Martin as Maria. Hollywood’s 1965 film version starring Julie Andrews was wildly popular, becoming one of the most successful motion pictures of the twentieth-century.