The Sound of Music!
April 6-8, Harwood Union High School will present this year’s musical, The Sound of Music. The classic tale of the von Trapp family, with special ties to Vermont, will feature of the cast of twenty-seven Harwood Middle and High School students, as well as students from Waitsfield Elementary and Crossett Brook Middle School.
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein, this 1961 classic was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Every Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars for the feature film version. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta von Trapp, follows a young nun in training who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria, and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.
The cast is led by Senior Abby Holter, playing Maria von Trapp, and Sophomore Christopher Cummiskey playing Captain von Trapp. The von Trapp children are played by sophomores Zoe Blackman as Liesl and Emma Riley as Louisa, eighth graders Tarin Askew as Friedrich and Harmony Devoe as Brigitta, seventh grader Robin Weigand (CBMS) as Kurt, fifth grader Ari Weigand (CBMS) as Marta, and fifth grader Desi Dahlgren (Waitsfield Elementary) as Gretl.
Other featured cast members include seniors Mia Lapointe, Arianna Clark, Lucie Ruggerio, stage manager Maddie Thibault, sound engineers Otis Neville, junior Ben Robinson, sophomores Annie McMillion, Kai Haddock, Elsie Pawul, and Ellie Buckingham, and freshmen Aiden Heath; as well as a large ensemble of hard-working students on and offstage. Guiding the cast are director Scott Weigand, music director Molly Clark, orchestra conductor Chris Rivers, set builder Aleta Kibler, lighting designer Avery Bacon, and producer Skyler Bradley.
Performances take place April 6-8, at 7:30 pm at Harwood Union High School. On Saturday, April 8 there will also be a special children’s matinee, that will include a pre-show presentation by the orchestra, and a meet and greet with the cast following the show. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students, and will be available at the door (cash/check only).