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The Western Stage Presents the Sound of Music in August

June 19th, 2008

Loosely based on the real-life story of the von Trapp family, this legendary show--the final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein--remains one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

Maria, a postulant nun, takes a temporary position as the governess for the seven children of Captain George von Trapp. She quickly learns through the love she shares with the von Trapp family where her happiness truly lies. Yet, when the Nazi party summons von Trapp back to service, their Eden in the mountains of Salzburg, Germany, is suddenly in peril, forcing the clan to flee on foot through the Austrian mountains. The Sound of Music features such memorable classics as "Do, Re, Me," "My Favorite Things," "Climb Every Mountain," and, of course, "The Sound of Music." This uplifting classic is perfect fare for the entire family.

How do you solve a problem like….casting seven young people in a musical? TWS, in continuing the mission to foster young talent, has found seven outstanding young performers to grace the Main Stage in The Sound of Music as the charming von Trapp children.

In addition to her work with TWS Young Company, Maggie King (Liesel) has appeared in shows at Salinas High School, Saltshaker Theater, and Pacific Repertory. Ethan McDaniel (Freidrich) was last seen at TWS in Oliver! and has performed with Ariel Theatrical and Pacific Repertory. Emily Hunter (Louisa) was last seen on the Main Stage in Meet Me in St. Louis. Making his debut at TWS, Nat Perry (Kurt) has performed at Ariel and in Killeen, Texas. TWS welcomes back Katelyn Fletcher (Brigitta) where she last appeared in Meet Me in St. Louis - she also has been onstage at Ariel, MPC, and Pacific Repertory. Natalie Dawn Marie Mendoza (Marta) is also making her TWS debut- she has performed with Ariel and at Creekside Elementary School. Another TWS first-timer, C.C. Hendricks (Gretl) has performed with Carmel Ballet Academy, Carmel Academy of Performing Arts, and the Forest Theater Guild.

In addition to these talented young actors, The Sound of Music also will feature local favorite Reg Huston. Reg’s many credits with TWS include Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2004), Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2005), Kiss Me Kate (2007), and South Pacific (2007). Returning to TWS to play the high-spirited Maria is Lauren Cheney, whose most recent TWS credit is the 2004 production of Cabaret.

Don’t miss this cherished family favorite, full of familiar music and winning charm! The Sound of Music is directed by Anne Marie Hunter, with musical direction by Don Dally.

The Sound of Music plays August 1 - 23 on the Main Stage, Hartnell College Performing Arts Center. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for children, seniors, and members of the military. To purchase tickets, visit The Western Stage online at westernstage.com or call the Box Office at 831-755-6816. For a special group rate, please contact Ron Cacas at 831-759-6012.