FORT LEE, Va. -- The Lee Playhouse theater group is proud to present the globally beloved musical, “The Sound of Music,” as the second installment of its platinum season.
Performances are set for Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 3 p.m. All shows are open to the public.
With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and an emotion-evoking story by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, “The Sound of Music” is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, titled “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.” The original Broadway production, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, opened in 1959 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, out of nine nominations.
Set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938, the theatrical production tells the story of Maria who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. In the end, he and Maria hatch a plan to flee Austria with the children to avoid the mounting tyranny of the Nazi army.
Where this play truly shines is the songs that Broadway music lovers, and arguably more Americans than not in general, know by heart. The playhouse cast is excited to present its renditions of “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the title song “The Sound of Music.”
This Lee Playhouse production is directed by Frank Foster, with musical direction by Christian Storm Burks and choreography by Amy Holland. The creative team includes Frank Foster (scenery), Thomas Hammond (costumes), Cindy Warren (lighting), Joe Beaudet (technical director), and John Redling (sound.)
The Sound of Music features a cast led by playhouse veterans, Caroline Mincks and Charles Wissinger as Maria and Captain von Trapp. Other familiar faces from past productions include Kim Hockaday, Kamaron Carter, Alyssa Darwin, Richard Halenda and Alex Godschalk, Rounding out the cast are newcomers Amanda Davis as Elsa, Leslie Brittle as The Mother Abbyss and Shannon Holcombe as Liesl.
Tickets for Lee Playhouse performances are $15 for adults and $7 for youths. Contact the box office at 804-734-6629 for reservations and additional information. Off-post guests who do not have a military-issued ID card or valid installation access pass are encouraged to review the information provided on the following webpage, home.army.mil/lee/index.php/about/visitor-information.