SCP Main Stage
500 North Elm Street
Sherman, TX 75090
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC
By Rodgers & Hammerstein
On Friday evening, June 3, the Sherman Community Players will be opening THE SOUND OF MUSIC, the final show in the theatre’s 2010-2011 Season. Written and composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, this uplifting musical comedy is based on the memoirs of Maria von Trapp. It tells the story of a widowed naval captain who falls in love and weds a postulant from a nearby abbey, sent to be the governess of his seven children. Set against the beautiful mountains of Austria on the eve of World War II, the family escapes the German invasion, flees to America and later becomes a world-famous singing family.
The show was written for Texas-born Mary Martin and originally conceived as a non-musical that would feature songs from the Von Trapp Family Singers. The producers decided to add an original song or two by Rodgers and Hammerstein, but soon realized the show should feature all new songs and be a musical rather than a play.
The award-winning production opened on Broadway in 1959 and was later adapted as a popular and beloved film starring Julie Andrews and won five Academy Awards. The show has had numerous revivals on Broadway and is one of the most widely produced musicals in the world. Songs from the production include My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Sixteen Going On Seventeen, Climb Every Mountain and many more.
Heading the 36-member cast of the SCP production is local music teacher Laura Dominick as Maria, Sherman optometrist Jerry Gundersheimer as Captain von Trapp and Grayson College librarian Lisa Hebert as the Mother Abbess. The seven children are played by Lauren Fanning, Trey Alexander, McKenzie Baca, Rafe McConnell, Sarah McGinn, Lindsey Fanning and Zoey Griffith.
The production is directed by SCP artistic director Ron Cassady and assisted by musical director Fred Freeman who will also conduct the 17 member orchestra.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC has performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. through June 26. There will be a preview performance on Thursday evening, June 2 with all seats priced at $5. Performances are held in the Finley Theatre at 500 N. Elm.
The box office opens for season members only on Monday and Tuesday, May 30 and 31 at 9 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, June 1 at 10 a.m. The box office telephone number is 903-892-8818, and it is located in the Honey McGee Playhouse, located directly behind the Finley Theatre.