2009-07-23 / General Stories

Milam Community Theater Presents 'The Sound of Music'

by Richard Stone

More than three score actors, actresses, singers, dancers, musicians and backstage workers from all over Central Texas, have converged on Cameron this summer to stage one of Broadway's most beloved shows: "The Sound of Music."

"They've come from all over," said Bill Whitmire, president of Milam Community Theatre who is stage-managing the show. "People want to be a part of this show. We had a huge turnout for auditions."

"They've worked very hard," said director San Lorenz. "We've got some wonderful singers and some great actors. We're going to have a marvelous show as a result."

Whitmire said, "This show has great music. Songs you you've heard all your life like "My Favorite Things," "Do, Re, Mi," "So Long, Farewell," and, of course, "The Sound of Music."

The show opens 7:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 1 at Cameron ISD's Performing Arts Center. Other performances are set for Sunday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m., Saturday Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and available at the door. The theater's website, www.MilamCommunityTheater.com, has more information about the show, local hotels and directions to the performing arts center.

The show tells the story of Maria, a young postulant living in a convent who is sent away to serve as temporary governess for the seven children of Captain Georg von Trapp, a retired Austrian Naval officer.

The Captain, a widower, runs his household with same iron discipline that he ran his ship. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring. Maria wins over the children and teaches them — and the Captain — to love music and to sing, bringing in some much-needed joy into their lives.

Eventually the Captain and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though the romance makes them both question some life decisions they've made.

However, their personal conflicts soon become overshadowed by world events as Germany invades Austria and the Captain finds himself drafted into the German navy.

Buzz Rahm plays Captain von Trapp and Debbie Cable Brown plays Maria. Pamela Kneeley plays Elsa, Joey Guess plays Max and Maurina Corley plays the Mother Abbess.

The roles of the von Trapp family are played by Carter Whitmire as Liesl, Johathon Deal as Friedrich, Nicole Keratsopoulos as Louisa, Matt Humble as Kurt, Shelby Thomason as Brigitta, Sohpia Thomason as Marta and Victoria Williams as Gretl.

The nuns are Kimberly McElwrath as Sister Berthe, Stonie Guthrie as Sister Sophia and Iris Guthrie as Sister Margeretta. Other nuns are Jenna Sapp, Tricia Philpott, Ashton Whitmire, Emily Harris, Lauren Eastland, Kaeley Beard, Elizabeth Holt, Beverly Garlett, Kate Wilson, Carly Fontenot, Elisabeth Thomason and Andy Perez.

Taylor Whitmire was cast in the role of Rolf Gruger, Stephanie Guess as Fru Schmidt, Mark Humble as the Admiral, Dwight Jekel as Zeller, Charlie Johnson as Franz and Kelly Humphrey as Ursula.

Members of the chorus include Ashton Sandberg,Aubrey Guess, Aurora Gleason, Sadie Springfield, Thomas Merka, Madison Humble, Dillon Betros, Stephanie Philpott, Hugo Ayala, Chad Henderson, Kathy Bagley and Carson Cobb.

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