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The Sound of Music was the final collaboration by Rogers and Hammerstein. It takes place in Austria at the start of World War II, and was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. It is the story of Maria, who proves too high-spirited for the religious life and is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. 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 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.
Tickets are $24. Group discounts are also available. For tickets and information, call the box office at 305-743-0994.
MCT’s production of The Sound of Music features an all volunteer cast and crew led by director Ann Hart and producer Cheryl Wilcox. Ann retired from the dance world in 1990 and moved to The Keys. She joined MCT in 1993 and has volunteered as a director, choreographer, performer and board member. She is currently the vice president of productions. Cheryl joined MCT in 2001 and has worn many theatre hats including dance teacher, choreographer and performer on stage. They have been working with an all star production team including Michael Edwards as the music director and sound designer; Devin Clarke as the assistant director and Kristeen Teague as the children’s director.
Edwards has been involved with MCT for seven years and has become known for his directing, acting and musical talent. He can also be seen onstage as Baron Elberfeld and is currently in rehearsal directing the theatre group’s fourth season production, the madcap comedy Moon Over Buffalo, opening May 2. Devin Clarke first stepped onto the MCT stage as a young boy in 1999 for the theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. In addition to assistant directing The Sound of Music, Devin can be seen onstage as Uncle Max. Kris Teague, who also plays Sister Margaretta, brings more than 20 years of children’s theatre experience to the local playhouse. She is director of the theatre’s new Summer Stage theatre workshop for local youth.
Many of the young actors playing the von Trapp children were seen on the MCT stage in the 2012 Summer Stage show The Marathon Cheese Police, including Zachary Perry as Friedrich the eldest son, Jessica Dake as Louisa, Bethany Roberts as the precocious Brigitta and Lucy Segard as Marta. Jacob Wilinski plays the youngest von Trapp son Kurt and Juliet Espinal is the youngest daughter Gretl. The oldest von Trapp child, Liesl, is played by MCT actress Kara Pascucci who helped produce the Summer Stage pilot program.
The Sound of Music features MCT veteran Gail Burnett as the high-spirited Maria, Jerry Nussenblatt as Captain von Trapp, Marilyn Tempest as the Mother Abbess, Heidi Ferrel as Elsa Schraeder and Xavier McKnight as Rolf the telegram delivery boy. The ensemble cast also includes Timmy Brown and Danielle Wilinski as the Duet from Herwegen; Karen Diehl as Fraulein Schweiger; Drew Dzkewicz as Herr Zeller; Mimzie Wilinski as Frau Schmidt; John Pabon as Franz the Butler; Natalie Ehrig as a new Postulant and Frau Zeller; Tricia Brown as Sister Anna and Baroness Elberfeld; Sara Engle as Sister Sophia; and, Mary Ann Wimmer as Sister Berthe and a party guest.
The Sound of Music is playing March 21, 22, 23, 24 (matinee performance), 28, 29, 30, and April 4, 5 and 6 at the Middle Keys playhouse. Theatre doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Evening curtain is 8 p.m. and the matinee curtain on March 24 is at 3 p.m. Marathon Community Theatre is located at 5101 Overseas Highway, around the corner from the Plaza Grill in Marathon. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays during the run of the show.
Prior to each performance of The Sound of Music, theatre patrons may enjoy the Florida Keys Watercolor Society’s annual juried art show exhibited in the MCT gallery.
Marathon Community Theatre is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to contributing to and enhancing the cultural life of the Middle Keys through performing, visual and the cinematic arts. Membership is open to anyone who wants to support the activities of MCT through volunteer involvement or by contributions. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to Marathon Community Theatre, POB 500124, Marathon, FL 33050, or visit www.marathontheater.org.