‘Sound of Music’ gets great reception at Oxford

Chris Barber   Digital First MediaIn her first meeting with the von Trapp children, Maria teaches them that music comes from simple notes. For pictures and story, see page A2.
Chris Barber Digital First MediaIn her first meeting with the von Trapp children, Maria teaches them that music comes from simple notes. For pictures and story, see page A2.

EAST NOTTINGHAM >> A large cast of more than 30 student actors joined with a talented pit orchestra and skilled lighting crew to bring the musical “The Sound of Music” to the Oxford High School stage last weekend.

The Rogers and Hammerstein musical is based on the sorry of the Trapp Family Singers and former nun Maria von Trapp during World War II in Austria. Maria was released from the convent because of her free spirit and went to be the governess of the von Trapp children. She taught them love of music and joy in life and eventually ended up marrying their widowed father.

The show ran on Broadway and then became a movie that was the highest grossing film for 1965.

The Oxford area community turned out in high numbers to watch the show on March 8, 9 and 10th, and they enthusiastically received it.

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Impressed by the acting and talented student voices, the audience applauded each song from “My Favorite Things” to “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.”

Prominently featured were Meghan Pitney as Maria and Luke Winand as Captain von Trapp.

The show was also accompanied by the student pit orchestra conducted by Dr. Erin A. Kauppila.

The stage and lighting crew numbered 30 with 10 individuals doing hair and makeup.

The student directors were Lexi Verderame and Andrew Olejnik.

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Chris Barber

Chris Barber is the editor of the Avon Grove Sun. She was previously southern bureau chief of the Daily Local News and editor of the Kennett Paper, earning honors in writing and photography. Reach the author at agsun@kennettpaper.com .