Katherine Manley (Maria Rainer), Troy Cook (Captain Georg von Trapp), Julie Tabash (Liesl) and members of the Colorado Children’s Chorale as the von Trapp children.Photo by Kira Horvath, courtesy of Central City Opera
Submitted by Central City Opera
Audiences of all ages can hum along to their favorite songs like “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and title song “The Sound of Music” when Central City Opera brings to Denver one of the most popular Broadway productions of all time, The Sound of Music. Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s Tony Award winning musical, which was also an Academy Award winning movie, is Central City Opera’s final production for the 2014 Festival. The Sound of Music will be performed at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex for seven performances only from Aug. 2 – 10. Directed by Ken Cazan, who also directed CCO’s critically acclaimed production of Dead Man Walking this summer, The Sound of Music will be performed in English with a full live orchestra. Single tickets range from $30 to $106.
Based on Maria von Trapp’s memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, Maria is a sweet young nun-in-training whose love of freedom makes it obvious to her superiors that she is not quite suited for religious life. She is sent off to be the governess to Captain von Trapp’s seven troublesome children, and unlike past governess, Maria becomes friends with the children due to their mutual love of music. Even the strict captain begins to admire Maria and, eventually, the captain and Maria fall in love and are married. All seems right in the world of the von Trapps until the Nazis invade their homeland of Austria and the whole family is forced to flee over the Alps to escape.
Cazan said, “I deeply admire the captain’s convictions to fight fascism…He chooses to demonstrate to his children that there are moments when one has to stand up for one’s beliefs, even though the penalty may be severe. I believe that he could not have done this without the support of Maria…Maria was a hearty, ‘peasant’ woman with strong religious convictions. In using those strengths to support the Captain, she empowers him and the children to move forward…to defy what was rapidly becoming the most heinous and infamous war machine in the history of civilization.”
The original Broadway production opened in 1959, and the show has enjoyed numerous productions and revivals since then. It was adapted as a 1965 film musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and won five Academy Awards. In December 2013, NBC presented The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood in the first live musical broadcast on television in 56 years, which drew huge ratings with more than 18 million viewers. Many songs from the musical have become classics including “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “The Sound of Music,” “The Lonely Goatherd” and many more.
Subscriptions for Central City Opera’s 2014 Festival start at just $56 and provide a 20 percent discount on single tickets. In addition to its slate of operas for 2014, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience with exciting enhancements to the Festival experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.
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