Oakdale High School Drama Club will present the classic musical ‘The Sound of Music’ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m. at the OHS Theater. Tickets are $10 and are available at the OHS Business Office and at the door if not sold out.
Under the direction of Bryan Mills and volunteer parent Cindy Toste with the cast and crew of 70 students, this musical is a tuneful, heartwarming story. It is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world’s best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews played the role of Maria in the movie, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.
For this production the twirling and singing woman Maria is played by senior Grace Buzzini with Captain Georg Von Trapp being played by senior Ethan Brown. Reverend Mother is played by Anniston Powell who sings one of the theme songs ‘Climb Every Mountain’ in the show. The children in the cast are unique in that several of them already come from the same families, Parker and Carly Whitemyer and Jordan, Max, and Jessica Birchall. The rest of the children are played by Lily Kendig as Liesl Von Trapp, Claire Tolboe as Gretl Von Trapp. Other leads include Aaron Lowe playing the comical uncle Max Detweiler, Alexis Rawlings playing Elsa Schrader, and Kirill Kovalenko playing Rolf.
This play is special to Mills in that this was his first acting debut during his high school days when he was a sophomore. He was a ballroom dancer and sang the word “Goodbye” with 30 other cast members in the show.
“Everyone starts somewhere,” he said, “and this was my start.”