The iconic musical, The Sound of Music, was performed by Lipscomb Academy’s Standing Room Only on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27. Starring Janet Jones as Maria Rainer and John Blake Parker as Captain von Trapp, the musical was an outstanding success.
The students began rehearsing at the beginning of February under the direction of Lipscomb Academy Fine Arts faculty members, Suzanne Craig, Elizabeth Harrell and Robert King. “This show has been so much fun to be a part of, I have loved getting to know everyone in the cast,” said senior Janet Jones.
The Sound of Music is a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp. In summary, The Sound of Music is about a family of seven children and their father living in Austria during the 1930s.
Captain von Trapp (John Blake Parker) is widowed, leaving him to find a governess to educate his children. He seeks help from the Mother Abbess (Mary Catherine Davidson) of The Nonnberg Abbey, who recommends a young nun named Maria (Janet Jones). Maria is concerned about leaving the abbey to take the position, but after meeting the seven children, grows to like them and teaches them to sing, something that has been absent in their lives since their mother passed away. Liesl (Clementine Adkins), the oldest child, tells Maria that she is “too old for a governess.” However, the two bond after Liesl meets Rolf (Chandler Montgomery) a messenger who falls in love with Liesl, but eventually abandons her for the Nazi regime.
The Captain is engaged to Baroness Elsa Schrader (Selia Wagoner), who is more interested in parties and the social life in Vienna, than befriending the Captain’s children. A party is held and the Captain and Maria end up dancing together. When Maria realizes she has feelings for him, she returns to the abbey, unsure how to deal with these feelings. The von Trapp children are very upset about losing the one governess they love. Maria is also in turmoil and seeks advice from the Mother Abbess.
Maria decides to return to the von Trapp household, where the Captain tells her that his wedding has been called off. He admits that he has fallen in love with Maria and they marry soon afterward. While they are away on their honeymoon, Max Detweiler (Clay Mortensen), a friend of the Captain, encourages the children to sing in a concert. The Captain and Maria return to find that Austria is being taken over by Nazis. Unhappy with the prospect of living under the Nazi regime, and the Captain having to serve in Hitler’s forces, the von Trapp family decides to leave Austria. The family plans to escape immediately after the concert, but they are pursued by Nazis. The family hides in the abbey, and with the help of the nuns, escape to freedom over the mountains.
"The Sound of Music is my all time favorite musical. This production took four months and many hours to put together, but it was a blessing working with these talented students. I could not have done it without all the help from Mr. King, Miss Harrell, all the parents, students and SRO officers that sacrificed their valuable time for the good of the team,” said Suzanne Craig, Lipscomb Academy Middle School and High School Theater Director.