LAKE PLACID - The High Peaks region will come alive with "The Sound of Music" as one local theatre troupe presents their stage production of the classic musical this weekend.
Community Theatre Players will be performing the show at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts May 21, 22, 28, and 29 at 8 p.m. and May 30 at 2 p.m.
The show represents the fifth CTP production directed by Matt Sorensen, who directed "Fiddler on the Roof" in 2009. He said he chose "The Sound of Music" because it's such a well-loved classic.
"I think people really enjoy seeing community members in a setting like this," said Sorensen. "Plus, there are a lot of people who have a strong sentimental connection to the show, if only because they grew up with it."
With music and lyrics by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, "The Sound of Music" is indeed one of the most well-known musicals of all time. Songs such as "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," and the musical's title song have become standards.
"The Sound of Music" is based on the memoirs of Maria von Trapp. A postulant who proves too high-spirited for religious life, Maria, played by Heather Bickford, is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain, played by Doug Lansing. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry.
Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. Through the guise of their performance in a music festival, the family is able to escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II.
The production is bolstered by the efforts of Kim Weems, the vocal music director, who also stars as Mother Abbess. Michela Boscette is in charge of choreography, Bonnie Brewer is head of lighting, and Jim Coe is stage manager.
A cast of nearly 50 people makes "The Sound of Music" one of the largest productions ever undertaken by CTP.
"I think it's neat that I have cast members who are five years old and cast members over 80 all in one show," said Sorensen. "I like that a lot."
Tickets for all performances are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $10 for children age 12 and under. For more information, contact LPCA at 523-2512 or visit www.lpartscenter.org.