The Drayton Festival Theatre launches its 2012 Season with the timeless classic, The Sound of Music. This beloved musical masterpiece plays eight shows a week tonight, May 15 through June 9.
“The Sound of Music is considered one of the most revered productions in musical theatre history,” says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. “Its classic score features such iconic songs as ‘My Favourite Things,’ ‘Do Re Mi,’ ‘Edelweiss,’ and ‘Climb Every Mountain,’ which have become cherished by generations of theatregoers.”
In this epic love story, an aspiring nun named Maria leaves the convent to govern the seven children of Captain von Trapp. Given their shared love of music, she easily befriends the mischievous group and their camaraderie sparks a magical relationship when the strict Captain begins to see Maria in a new light.
The Sound of Music is brought to life on stage by Director and Choreographer Timothy French, who has helmed several past Drayton Entertainment productions, including Camelot, Me And My Girl, Damn Yankees and Carousel. French is ably supported by Music Director Charlene Nafziger, Set Designer Kelly Wolf, Lighting Designer Jeff Johnston Collins, and Costume Designer Rachel Berchtold.
Jayme Armstrong will star as the free-spirited Maria. No stranger to Drayton Entertainment audiences, Armstrong has delighted theatregoers in such recent productions as 9 To 5: The Musical, Harvey, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Country Legends.
W. Joseph Matheson is Captain von Trapp. Matheson is also known to Drayton Entertainment patrons, having starred in Italian Funerals and Other Festive Occasions last season at the Drayton Festival Theatre as well as for his portrayal of Hank Williams in Hank Williams Live – 1952, a tribute concert that returns to the Drayton Festival Theatre this fall.
The seven von Trapp children are played by a remarkable group of talented young performers: Alyson Workman as Liesl, Jonny Woolley as Friedrich, Brontae Hunter as Louisa, Peter Jones as Kurt, Hadley Mustakas as Brigitta, Victoria Luis as Marta and Avery Grierson as Gretl.
Rounding out an exceptional cast are Laurie Murdoch as Max Detweiller, Jill Diane Filion as Elsa Schrader, Rebecca Poff as Mother Abbess, Christina Gordon as Sister Berthe, Karen K. Edissi as Sister Margaretta, Gabi Epstein as Sister Sophie, Ian Deakin as Franz, Michelle Fisk as Frau Schmidt, Stuart Dowling as Herr Zeller, Lucas Meeuse as Rolf Gruber, William Fisher as Admiral Von Schrieber, Dawn Bergstrom as Baroness Elberfeld, and Sheldon Bergstrom as Baron Elberfeld.
In an effort to create opportunities for community members to receive mentorship and training in a professional theatre production, an open audition for ensemble characters was held at the Drayton Festival Theatre. Eight local performers were cast and will appear side-by-side with professional actors in each performance of The Sound of Music.
The Sound of Music is based on “The Trapp Family Singers” a memoir by Maria August Trapp. The inaugural Broadway production took place in November, 1959. It was nominated for nine Tony Awards and captured five wins including Best Musical, Best Actress in a Musical and Best Scenic Design.
The play was later adapted as a landmark musical film in 1965 that starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film won five Academy Awards and two Golden Globes including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress in a Motion Picture.
The Sound of Music is proudly sponsored by RBC Royal Bank. Media Sponsors are 96.7 CHYM FM and the Waterloo Region Record. The Design Sponsor is Smitty’s Fine Furniture. The Drayton Festival Theatre’s 2012 Season is proudly sponsored by Martin Mills.