Sept. 19--When he was only 20, Daniel Truhitte was chosen to play Rolf, the character who later became a Nazi in film version of "The Sound of Music."
Production began in 1964, and the film opened over the Easter holiday in 1965. Little did he know at the time that the experience would change his life to this day.
"I still get fan mail from all over the world," Truhitte said.
Fifty years later, at age 70, Truhitte will relive his experience with the beloved musical as he readies to perform in the Hudson Dinner Theatre's production of "The Sound of Music."
For this production, Truhitte is playing Capt. Von Trapp, the role made famous by Christopher Plummer in the film version.
The seasoned actor said he is enjoying working with the other actors in the upcoming performance.
"We've got an outstanding cast," Truhitte said. "We've got an outstanding show."
Director Keith Smith said the experience and expertise Truhitte brings to the show has been an inspiration to his fellow castmastes.
"One of the beauties of this show is that we have such a nice combination of professional and the community level ... We have kids who are (doing) their first show," Smith said. "Dan has graciously offered to give some voice lessons. And we set that up last weekend. And every one of those people said that it was an hour that affected their lives greatly."
Zoe Shaw, 12, of Rhodhiss, will be playing a postulate nun. Zoe is a theater veteran, starting at age 9 at the Hickory Community Theater.
"I'm really glad I got to be in 'The Sound of Music' because I love it so much," Shaw said.
Ken Thwing, who lives in Morganton and teaches math at Freedom High School, plays Max Detweiler.
"He (Truhitte) does a great job," Thwing said.
Thwing is playing a comedic role, something he said he doesn't usually do.
"This is new for me ... It's a fun role to play."
In addition to the varied talent level, the show will feature a five-piece orchestra to help add an element of authenticity.
Looking back on his performing in the film version of "The Sound of Music," Truhitte said one of the greatest joys was working with Julie Andrews, who he says was a delight to work with.
"Julie was very kind and very loving," he said. "She was just a joy to work with."
While Christopher Plummer was more reserved, Truhitte remembers him as the consummate professional and a terrific keyboard player.
After appearing in "The Sound of Music," Truhitte joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he worked in intelligence.
In his late 40s, Truhitte moved from Hollywood to Concord, where he still lives. While in Concord, he met and eventually married Tarealia Truhitte, whose previous husband had died when he was only 45. Truhitte waited year before he began dating Tarealia. The Truhittes have been married 21 years. He has three sons: Thomas Rolf Truhitte, Rolf Peter Truhitte and Daniel Richard Truhitte; three stepdaughters:Tammy Montgomery, Anna Rickansrud and Aleia Grantham; and six grandchildren -- three boys and three girls.
"They call us the Brady Bunch," Truhitte said.
WANT TO GO?
The Hudson Dinner Theatre presents "The Sound of Music"
at the Hudson Uptown Building at 145 Cedar Valley Drive in Hudson
on Oct. 10, 11, 12 and Oct. 17, 18 and 19.
Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30 for the dinner and show.
Show-only tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for students
in grades Kindergarten through grade 12.
The Daniel Boone Inn is catering the dinner of fried chicken, country ham,
green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, stewed apples, biscuits, coffee and tea.
For tickets, call 828-726-8871 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
and 1:30-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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