REPORTING · 14th May 2012
Once again, the Musical Theatre Class at Mount Elizabeth Secondary School is ready to take to the stage in The Sound of Music. The musical opens May 18th and shows on the 19th, 25th and 26th. Tickets are available at Vitality. People are encouraged to get their tickets now because they are expected to sell out both shows.
“It’s one that I wanted to do for a long, long time. It’s a family favourite and defiantly needed to be done, this is the right cast,” said Rick Jones, the instructor. “Kids have been working on it since the beginning of the semester.”
The play stars Nathan Closter as Georg and Sara Weeres as Maria. Adam Bikowski plays Max. Taking the role of Mother Superior is Karis DeMedeiros. The entire play is student run.
“For the first time, we’ve brought kids in from outside of our school. We have some elementary students who are playing the young children. They are a joy to work with,” said Jones. “I know the younger ones have enjoyed it and the older ones enjoy having the younger kids around.”
Other members of the community were involved in the production. Nancy Jane Harness is doing the music for the show. Costumes were designed by a team headed by Lois Godfrey. Eileen Hutson worked hard on the set painting. Moreno Guizzo was in charge of set design. Huey-Lin Guizzo did advertising. Finally, Tina Watchhorn has been involved helping with the performance, including choreography.
The musical is based on a true story of the Von-Trap family set in Austria on the outset of World War Two. Georg’s wife passed away and he has 7 children. Governesses have gone through the house but the kids who want to be with their father play tricks on the governesses to bring him back. The latest governess, Maria comes in and the two fall in love.
Jenna Iannarelli-Verde, also a student at Mount Elizabeth was given the title of stage manager. She explained she is the one who calls the show, all the set changes, lighting changes and sound cues. She does some acting and manages all the actors.
She has enjoyed the experience and has learned much about theatres, notably in terminology, lighting and sound. She told us she has considered theatre as a career in the future although it is not her primary plan.
This year’s stage is complicated. There are three major scenes which are constantly changing. A part of the goal is to go from scene to scene quickly with no black outs.
This is a performance not to be missed so get your tickets before they are gone.
Comment by Lynda on 15th May 2012
Stage manager is Brenna Iannarelli-Verde.