The students of Willsboro Central prepare to bring the musical, The Sound of Music, to life on March 22.
The students of Willsboro Central school are set to bring the classic musical, “The Sound of Music,” to the auditorium stage March 22.
Students in grades 2-12 will perform musical numbers and dance routines to portray the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
Based on the memoirs of Maria Von Trapp, the play follows Maria’s adventures of the Von Trapp family singers as they escape from Nazi occupied Austria in 1930.
Willsboro science and reading teacher Derrick A. Hopkins, director of the play, said it is sure to be a colorful and heartwarming production the community will enjoy.
“If you put on a play like, ‘The Sound of Music,’ people will hear the songs they know and love,” Hopkins said. “We have a great mix of ages with our cast and it’s a nice acting show filled with love, family, and touches on the politics of Nazi-occupied Austria.”
The students have been practicing since January to learn their lines and routines. The play has a cast of 50 actors, including 20 community members playing nuns. Faculty participants include Hopkins as the director, Jennifer More as the music director, Amie-Laurie Lemieux as choreographer and Nikki Hilchey as technical director.
The play not only gives students the opportunity to practice acting, dancing and singing, but it has served as a learning opportunity, Hopkins said. Set in 1930 Austria before German Nazis took over the country, Hopkins said some of the students were learning about the serious background of the play and the Holocaust in Europe during the 1930’s for the first time through the play.
“When we were practicing he told us stuff I didn’t like,” Olivia Politi, a third-grader who is playing Brigitta, said. ”In the scene where we are hiding he told us in real life if we were caught something bad would happen.”
Hopkins said there were a lot of learning opportunities for the students with this play to educate them on the issues of the time.
“I find the play darker than the movie,” Hopkins said. “But it’s important to expose our students to history and help them gain perspective about what living during this time meant for children thier age.”
During play rehearsals, main characters Anna Daly as Maria, Austin Ferris as Captain Von Trapp and Deanna Mero as Elsa, who said acting out the play gave them a different perspective about their characters.
“In the movie we don’t see a lot of the things you see in the play,” Mero said. “It changed my whole view of the story and you really get to see what it was like back then.”
The performance is sure to be an exciting event for all members of the community with great music and theatrics for the whole family.
“I know when the audience comes they are going to enjoy the show, enjoy the music and be really happy with the performances,” Hopkins said.
The Sound of Music will be performed March 22, 23, and 24 at 7 p.m. at the school auditorium and there will be a special 2 p.m. performance on Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets ahead of time, call 963-4456 extension 400 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.