The Stage Is Alive With 'The Sound Of Music'

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Next weekend, Lisa Jackson will discover what's so fearsome about a captain with seven children, when she tackles the role of Maria in Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, "The Sound of Music."

The Payson High School drama and music departments will present the heart-warming story of love, hope and survival during the anxious days of Nazi annexation of Austria.

The enthusiasm for the musical by all involved in the production was obvious throughout weeks of intense rehearsals, according to student director Laura Perham, a PHS senior.

The story revolves around Maria, a novice at the Salzburg Abbey who is assigned by the Reverend Mother to become a governess for the seven children of Capt. Georg von Trapp, a widowed naval officer.

The unconventional Maria finds the children a handful, but eventually wins them over, finding both her niche in life and true love.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein score is legendary, from the glowing title song, through charming ballads, to Austrian folk songs.

Larry Potvin, PHS music teacher, conducts the orchestra for this production, with Kathy Kaufman, a teacher at Frontier Elementary School, coaching the vocals.

Some of the more memorable musical numbers include the "The Sound of Music," "Edelweiss," "The Lonely Goatherd" and "My Favorite Things."

Andrew Steedman handles the role of Capt. von Trapp, while Shannon Meinerts plays Maria's rival, Elsa Shraeder, and Robert Guthrie is the irrepressible Max Detweiler.

Other students in the cast include Tamara Burge, Rachel Converti, Christina Culligan, Ryan Fennick, Sarah Friestad, Elizabeth Goodall, Mark Hansen, Jason Knoell, Lindsay Lashbrook, Karri Liikkanen, Megan Lower, Alissa Luethy, Sandra Miles, Jacob Perez, Christina Porter and Rico Sunavey.

Curtain time for the Thursday and Saturday performances is 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Tickets for the two evening performances are currently available at Oasis Christian Bookstore and the Payson Public Library, and will also be available at the door one hour before curtain.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students in grades 1-12. Younger children are free.

Admission to Friday's matinee is by donation.

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