Music to their ears
By Sue Ellen Ross Post-Tribune correspondent May 1, 2013 2:46PM
Christian Fary as Captain von Trapp and Morgan Papesh as Maria rehearse a scene from “The Sound of Music” with the von Trapp children. | Photo provided
IF YOU GO
“The Sound of Music”
7 p.m. May 2, 3 and 4; 2 p.m. May 5
Munster High School auditorium, 8808 Columbia Ave.
Tickets: $7 adults; $5 senior citizens and students. Available at the auditorium box office on performance nights or in advance by calling 838-2235 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most popular musical of all time, “The Sound of Music,” will be performed this spring by the Munster Theater Company of Munster High School.
“The Munster Theater Company last did this show in spring of 2004, and our current students have really wanted to do ‘The Sound of Music’ for a couple of years now,” auditorium director Larry Brechner said.
Brechner agreed to the production.
“In a large musical, everyone has a major contribution to the whole production,” he said. “Learning to perform in front of an audience is a great communication skill that carries over to anything you do later in life.”
The production features a total cast of 60, with another 35 on the production staff, 25 from the stagecraft class and about 25 in the pit orchestra, according to Brechner.
Senior Christian Fary, 18, will play the role of Georg von Trapp.
“I love this show,” he said. “Georg is one of my dream roles, so when Dr. Brechner told us we would be doing this show in the spring, I was very excited. I am able to reach people on an emotional level that I can’t do in normal everyday language. I take them away from the world and all of the heartache and stress and allow them to forget.”
Rachel Borgo, 18, will appear on stage as Mother Abbess.
“I grew up on ‘The Sound of Music’ and I have always loved participating in the Munster Theater Company productions,” the senior said. “Doing the character of Mother Abbess has proven to be the most difficult part of performing. She has to be a figure of authority, while simultaneously, a symbol of mercy and compassion. Portraying her as the powerful, yet kind, woman that she is has been challenging, but at the same time very fun.”
Junior Morgan Papesh, 17, will portray Maria.
“I absolutely love the music, the story, and the message behind ‘The Sound of Music’,” she said. “I want to be able to bring the same freshness and joy that Mary Martin and Julie Andrews brought to this musical, when it was written over 50 years ago. Being able to perform in such a masterpiece of musical theater is an honor.”
Helena Jancosek, 17, will play the part of Baroness Elsa Von Shrader.
“I’ve been performing since I was 6,” she said. “I’ve been involved in every musical at Munster High School since my freshman year.”
“This is my last time to be onstage and perform with some of my best friends,” the senior said. “I love the rush you get when you first step onstage — when you move an audience member, and you realize that you are bringing joy to someone, even if it is just one person.”
“The Sound of Music” was the final collaboration between composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. The book is by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.