Ten-Year Anniversary Event: “The Sound of Music” Announced for March 2014

“The hills are alive” in Clinton. Backstage Players Company is pleased to announce its ten year anniversary main stage production, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The Sound of Music. The show will come to stage in 2014, with performances Thursday, March 27 at 7:00, Friday, March 28 at 7:00, Saturday, March 29 at 2:00 and 7:00 and Sunday, March 30 at 2:00 at the beautiful Andrews Memorial Theater at Clinton Town Hall, 54 East Main St., Clinton. The play will be directed by Jim Kane.

The Sound of Music is set in Salzburg, Austria, just prior to WWII. It is the fictionalized story of the von Trapp family. The father, Georg, is a strict, retired naval officer, a widower, who is challenged raising seven children. He accesses the services of a shy governess, Maria, a Novice at the nearby Nonnberg Abbey.  Eventually, she brings joy and music back into the austere household. Georg is asked to join the Nazis and accept a commission in their navy. He stands on his beliefs of a free Austria and refuses. The story progresses with the children singing and romance blossoming between Georg and Maria, all behind the political turmoil in their beloved Austria.

The play opened on Broadway in 1962, starring Mary Martin and was the recipient of many Tony Awards, including best musical. Most people, however, are more acquainted with the movie, starring Julie Andrews. It was released in 1965 and won five Academy Awards.

“Time flies! It seems like just yesterday we were working with little children in Hansel and Gretel and Lady Pirates of Captain Bree,” said Ed Hobson, Backstage Players President. “My, how we have changed and how we’ve grown.”  The Sound of Music to the shoreline.”

Ticket information and availability will be announced.

Open auditions for The Sound of Music will be conducted Tuesday, November 19 from 7:00-9:00 at Andrews Memorial at Clinton Town Hall and Wednesday, November 20 from 7:00-9:00 at Brown School, 980 Durham Road, Madison. Callbacks and auditions by appointment only will be held on Saturday, November 23 from 2:00-4:00 at Scranton Library, 801 Post Road, Madison.