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August 25, 2013

ACT II presents 'The Sound of Music'


The Ada News

Ada — ADA – ACT II Inc. will present four performances of the musical, The Sound of Music, on Aug. 28, 29, 30 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 31 at 2 p.m.

Music is by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.  The show is suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp.

This beloved musical was the final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein.

All performances will be in East Central University’s Dorothy I. Summers Theatre.

The show is directed by Kelby Pletcher and is accompanied by Rudy Lupinski and  Rozzie Purdy.  The set designer is Kaleb Gordon, choreographer Chris Geisler, sound engineer Kane Berry, and lighting by Berry and Gordon.

When Maria (Micah Gordon) proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children, Leisl (Elizabeth Blanchard), Friedrich (Jack Malm), Louisa (Alyssa James), Brigitta (Katy Kemp), Kurt (Ethan Edwards), Marta (Ava Bolin), and Gretl (Emily Kemp). They are the children of the widowed naval Captain Georg von Trapp (Kaleb Gordon and Jamie Davis).

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.

The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.

The remaining cast includes Steve Filkins (Max), Brooke Geisler (Elsa), Catie Caton (The Mother Abbess), Zach Garcia (Rolf), Adam Daniel (Franz), Mara Sauer (Frau Schmidt), Kane Berry (Zeller), DeeDee Pennington (Baroness Elberfeld), Chris Geisler (Admiral von Schreiber), Kelsey Howry (Sister Margaretta), Sarah Barnes (Sister Sophia), Shelby Pletcher (Sister Berthe), and a chorus of nuns and postulants played by Dex Carpenter, Katie Wellington, Kathy Wellington, Dawn Teal, Mandy Horne, Kelsey Pletcher, Amanda Daniel and Morgan Miller.

Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to performance time; $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, $4 children age 5 and under. For more information, phone or text 580-272-7234 or e-mail act2ada@yahoo.com. There is no reserved seating.