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CHS presenting 'The Sound of Music'

October 31, 2013


Oct. 31--COLUMBUS -- "The Sound of Music" will fill the Nantkes Performing Arts Center this weekend.

Columbus High School students are performing the classic musical for this year's fall show.

Set in 1930s Austria, "The Sound of Music" tells the story of Maria, an aspiring nun who leaves the convent to be a governess for Capt. von Trapp's seven children.

Maria introduces the children, and their disciplinarian father, to the joys of life through music and eventually falls in love with her employer.

The production, which premiered on Broadway in 1959, features musical numbers by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and the title song, "The Sound of Music."

Because the musical is so popular -- Julie Andrews won an Oscar for playing Maria in the 1965 film adaptation -- the CHS students involved in the upcoming shows have a high standard to meet.

And they're ready to take on the challenge.

Senior Deanna Purkerson has been in numerous CHS productions in the past, but portraying Maria in one of the lead roles is a unique opportunity since "The Sound of Music" is one of her favorite musicals.

"It's just a really timeless story," said Purkerson.

Junior Josh Baue, who has the role of Capt. von Trapp, said "The Sound of Music" will be different than other CHS productions because of the crowd's familiarity with the stage or film versions.

But, he added, it's an opportunity for the students to take a popular piece and make it their own.

"It's our job to still keep them entertained even though they know about it and kind of put a fresh spin on it," Josh Baue said.

His twin brother Sam Baue, who plays Max Detweiler, agreed.

"Expectations are high, but hopefully we can interpret it in a way that people will come to love just as much," he said.

The stage version is also slightly different than the film adaptation, according to second-year English and theater teacher Maggie Downing, who is making her directing debut after serving as an assistant last year.

Long-time vocal music instructor Fred Ritter is providing the musical direction and Sean McDonald is the tech director.

The students have been practicing for the fall show four nights a week since late August, not including a few Saturdays dedicated to set building.

Musicals are more demanding than the February play or spring variety show at CHS, but Sam Baue believes the final product is worth the extra effort.

"Musicals are so much more exciting because you get to sing," he said.

"The Sound of Music" is a family-friendly show open to all ages.

"You can bring 4-year-olds to 99-year-olds and they're going to love it," Downing said.

The cast for "The Sound of Music" includes:

--Deanna Purkerson as Maria

--Josh Baue as Capt. von Trapp

--Paige Stadler as Liesl

--Denon Feagin as Friedrich

--Toree Hempstead as Louisa

--Trey Miller as Kurt

--Stephanie Sparling as Brigitta

--Brielyn Borer as Marta

--Kathy Lopez as Gretl

--Melissa Godoy as The Mother Abbess

--Sam Baue as Max Detweiler

--Maddy McClure as Elsa Schraeder

--Kyle Gaston as Rolf

--Monica Weber as Sister Berthe

--Savannah Wolfe as Sister Margaretta

--Allison Mackie as Sister Sophia

--David Jones as Franz

--Krysteena Mann as Frau Schmidt

--Alexis Milburn as Ursula

--Brock Bourek as Herr Zeller

--Ryan Ernst as Baron Elberfeld

--Dan Kruger as Admiral von Schreiber

--Kaitlyn Maass as A New Postulant


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