The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

June 22, 2012

‘Sound of Music’ opens tonight in Keihin

Editor and Publisher
John H. Walker

TARBORO — The Tar Rivers Players final production of the season, The Sound of Music, opens tonight at 8 in Keihin Auditorium. In all, the 27-member cast will present a total of six performances in the directorial debut of James Guy.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 22-23 and June 29-30, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 and July 1.

Guy’s cast has been working for weeks on the production and he said he was excited about the opportunity to direct.

“I’m a teacher at Early College and have been in theatre all my life,” he said, noting different levels of participation in Nash County and at North Carolina Wesleyan College. “I’ve been a part of theatre in the area for years and this is my directorial debut.”

The storyline revolves around the youngsters of the Von Trapp family.

In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often away, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made.

The Sound of Music is a 1959 musical — with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II — and opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Nov. 18, 1959. It moved to the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Nov. 6, 1962 and closed on June 15, 1963 after 1,443 performances.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, seniors 65 and over and groups of 10 or more. They will be available at the door.