A large cast has been working hard for months in preparation for the West End Players’ production of “The Sound of Music” at the Windsor Center in Iron River. There will be four performances from May 3 to 6. (West End Players photo)
IRON RIVER—One of the world’s most beloved musicals, “The Sound of Music,” will be presented this weekend at the Windsor Center here by the West End Players.
The musical will have four performances: Friday, May 3, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, at 6 p.m.; a matinee show on Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m.; and Monday, May 6, at 6 p.m.
The show features children, youths and adults from Iron and Dickinson counties, who have been preparing for the performamces for the last several months.
All four performances will take place at the Windsor Center, located at 612 W. Adams St. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under—they can be purchased at the Iron County Chamber of Commerce office and at the door.
“The Sound of Music” is the final collaboration between Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II and became the world’s most beloved musical. It tells of a postulant who proves too high-spirited for the religious life. She is dispatched to serve as the governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. Before long, her rapport with the children helps capture the heart of the captain, and they marry.
Upon return from their honeymoon, they discover Austria has been invaded by Nazi Germany, who demand that the captain serve in their navy. They narrowly escape over the mountains into Switzerland on the eve of World War II. The movie version of “The Sound of Music” remains the most popular musical of all time.
The cast includes Jessica Holroyd as Maria Rainer; Susan Serbinski as the mother abbess; Sue Thomas as Sister Berthe; Bobbi Jo Munn as Sister Margaretta; Sarah Kirkpatrick as Sister Sophia; Paul Johnson as Captain Georg Van Trapp; Zach Gaines as Franz, the butler; Pat Wensel and Hannah Swanson as Frau Schmidt; Catherine Novak at Liesl von Trapp;
--Also Isaac Serbinski as Friedrich von Trapp; Addy Howell and Alexis Jacks as Louisa von Trapp; Nick Mattson and James Swanson III as Kurt von Trapp; Elise Golberg and Ellie Holroyd as Brigitta von Trapp; Marly Mattson and Kali Applin as Marta von Trapp; Aurora Dahl and Kaytlynn Miller as Gretl von Trapp; Aaron Pope as Rolf Gruber;
--Also Emily Howell as Baroness Elsa Schraeder; Wyatt Cross as Max Detweiler; Shane Miskell as Herr Zeller; Vivian Tass as Frau Zeller; Seth Holroyd as Baron Elberfeld; Jessica Miller as Baroness Elberfeld; Michaela Munn and Hannah Hayes as a new postulant; John Munn as Admiral von Schreiber;
--Also Hannah Hayes, Louella Holroyd, Sandy Rometti and Pat Wensel as singing nuns; Alexis Anderson, Taylor Clark, Kaitlynn Munn, Michaela Munn, Megan Pope and Lizzie Rometti as postulants/novices; Brittany Cunningham, Samuel Holroyd and Eli Munn as school children/marionettes/trio of the Saengerbund of Herwegen; and Hannah Swanson as Fraulein Schweiger.
Behind the scenes, many people have been involved in the production. Traci Howell is the director; Louella Holroyd is producer; Adam Holroyd and Vivian Tass are music directors; and Traci Howell is costume director.
Others who helped create “Sound of Music” are:
--Sets: Paul Johnson, James Miller and Dawn Swanson.
--Artists: Kaylee Hernandez, Jill Mattson, Sharon Mattson, Jessica Miller, Dawn Swanson and Hannah Swanson.
--Stage crew: Amy Cunningham, Kaylee Hernandez, Louella Holroyd, Sharon Mattson, Jessica Miller, John Munn, Tim Novak and Dawn Swanson.
--Props: Amy Cunningham, Louella Holroyd, Sharon Mattson, Jessica Miller, John Munn, Tim Novak and Dawn Swanson.
--Sewing: Gloria Frederickson, Louella Holroyd, Traci Howell and Carol Waligursky.
--Hair and makeup: Jessica Holroyd, Traci Howell and Vivian Tass.
--Lights: Ethan Holroyd, Josiah Holroyd and Devon Locke.
--Sound: Adam Holroyd and Chris Paul.
--Publicity: James Swanson II.