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The Sound of Music Cast Announced at Runnels


One of the most beloved musicals of all time, Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, will be presented by the Runnels Theatre Department Feb. 14 and 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre. 
Set in 1930s Austria, the musical tells the story of Maria, a young girl training to be a nun in a convent in the Alps. When the head of the convent realizes Maria lacks a true vocation for the religious life, she sends her away to be governess to the seven motherless Von Trapp children. Maria's zest for life and love of music soon enchant the mischievous children and eventually capture the heart of their father, Captain Von Trapp. Shortly after Maria and the captain marry, Austria is invaded by the Nazis and he is ordered to report to Nazi headquarters. The family makes a desperate getaway to the convent where the nuns help them escape over the Alps into Switzerland and freedom. Featuring the timeless classics "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Every Mountain," and "My Favorite Things," the show is sure to win your heart. 
Leading the cast are juniors Sophie Edwards as Maria and Evan Beoubay as Captain Von Trapp, with sophomore Abby Robbins as the Mother Abbess. Junior Mollybeth Wilkinson plays Elsa Schraeder, freshman Eli Latiolais is Max Detweiler, Sophia Horridge, also a freshman, portrays Liesl Von Trapp, and senior Jacques Desporte is Rolf Gruber.  
Portraying the other Von Trapp children are Conner Joubert, grade 6, as Friedrich, junior Madisan Milam as Louisa, Ethan Ly, grade 5, as Kurt, Harper Guay grade 5, as Brigitta, Lauren Ly, grade 5, as Marta, and Brooke Drescher, grade 3, as Gretl.
Also featured are junior Caroline Collins as Sister Sophia, freshman Campbell English as Sister Margaretta, Sadie Miller, grade 7, as Sister Berthe, junior Marshall Pentes as Franz the Butler, and sophomore Sydney Mistretta as Frau Schmidt.
Ensemble members are sophomore Natalie Fairley, Ashlynn Harper, grade 7, junior Preston Kyle, Alyssa Lee, grade 5, senior Kissa Nicholas-Whitt, Jenna Sheikha, grade 7, and sophomore Cooper Smither.       
Directing and choreographing the show is Sonya Blanchard, with musical direction provided by Elizabeth Olah, and stage direction by Kendall Krebsbach. The assistant stage directors are seniors Karli Hebert and Jane Schlotterer.
Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for adults and $15 for all at the door. Advanced tickets may be purchased online after Jan. 6 at