DORSET >> The Arts Department at Long Trail School will present the musical "The Sound of Music." With music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, this classic is sure to entertain. Suggested by Maria Augusta Trapp's "The Trapp Family Singers," the book is written by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse. The musical tells the story of Maria, a young woman hired as governess by a widower with many children. As Maria decides whether or not to become a nun, she finds herself enchanted by the children and their father. Many songs from this musical have become well known, such as "Edelweiss," "My Favorite Things" and "Do-Re-Mi."
Interest in being a part of this production was so high and student ability so strong that there are two complete casts for the musical. This production's cast and crew boast 36 Long Trail students from grades 6-12. Under the direction of Tracey Wesley and musical direction of Thomas Neeson, cast members include Olivia Lane and Rebecca van Burken as Maria, Nicholas DiMauro and Connor Eastman as Captain von Trapp, Lily Burnham and Jenna D'Olivo as Liesl, Greta Schaub and Anna Pace as the Mother Abbess, and Ayden Crispe and Charleigh Tifft as Gretl.
Performing in addition to these five double cast roles are Will Giering, Savannah Hastings, Patrick Staples, Val Giesey, Zoe Grigsby, Casey McMullen, Kelsey McCullough, Jade Marantz, Ace Burtonboy, Stella Farrell, Olivia Murphy-Major, Lydia Quevedo, Emma Luikart, Eliza Ligon, Makenzie McMullen, Noah Patry, Griff Gourd, Jake Smith, Kiernan Canavan, Sean Novak and Scotty McGowan. Anna Wright has been the rehearsal accompanist and is playing in the pit orchestra along with Aidan Cooper, Jack Wallace, Morgan Wallace, Brennan Murphy and Francois Secordel. In addition, student technicians include lighting master Oscar Corkey, Henry Harding on spotlight, stage manager Ursula Martin and assistant stage manager Corey Davis.
Performance times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19 through 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. Reserve tickets by calling 802-867-5717 x178.