‘Sound of Music’ opens Saturday


Staff Report



Cast members of a Surry Arts Players production of “The Sound of Music” rehearse a scene in preparation for shows this weekend and Monday at the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy.


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The hills — or at least the foothills — will be alive with “The Sound of Music” this weekend when a local production of the musical is staged at the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy.

Shows are scheduled Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday, 7:30 p.m.

The Surry Arts Players have attempted to fill the production with beautiful music and scenery, children, a love story and adventure — ingredients that made the story set in Austria a perennial favorite for both Broadway and movie audiences.

It is directed by John Adams, with Joshua Whitt serving as music director and choreography by Jessica Grant.

Ally Coe has the lead role of Maria, with Todd Gerber portraying Capt. Von Trapp.

The Von Trapp children are being played by Payton Moledor, Will Banfield, Sandra Hammesfhar, Daniel Atkins, Allie Pardue, Anya Hiatt Benfield and Kyan Rehberg. In the role of the Mother Abbess is Alice Rogers.

Other cast members and roles include Patty Grant as Sister Berth; Abby Brady, Sister Margaretta; Sarah Lawrence, Sister Sophia; and Lydia Atkins, Emma Brady, Amber King, Olivia Dotson, Lydia Simmons, Samantha Atkins, Laura Browne, Nancy Osmund and Daphne Dotson as other nuns.

Also, Laura Browne as the new postulant; Gregory Matthews, Franz the butler; Caleb Gerber, Rolf Gruber; Kameron Benfield, Max Detweiler; Jennifer Key, Elsa Schraeder; Surry Arts Players veteran Bob Keck as Herr Zeller; Steve Gordon, Admiral Schreiber; and Robert Parks, Jonathan Dalton and Bryson Moody as soldiers.

Live orchestral accompaniment includes Andy Atkins on piano, who accompanied all rehearsals; Adam Rudisill on piano; Ashley Cordell, viola and clarinet; Elijah Bonafield, cello; Caleb Foote, tuba; Maddison Lybarker, violin; Makenzie Lybarker, flute; Caleb Cooke, trombone; and Allen Nichols, guitar and trumpet.

Susan Michaels is the set designer, with costumes created by Marie Poole.

Dozens have been working on set design and set building led by Patti and Bill Pugsley, with technical support from Josh Wilmoth, all coordinated by stage managers Betsy Manieri and Mary Beth Griffith.

Tickets for “The Sound of Music” cost $11 each and are on sale online at www.surryarts.org or at the Surry Arts Council office at 336-786-7998. The box office will open one hour before each performance.

Cast members of a Surry Arts Players production of “The Sound of Music” rehearse a scene in preparation for shows this weekend and Monday at the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Sound-o-Music.jpgCast members of a Surry Arts Players production of “The Sound of Music” rehearse a scene in preparation for shows this weekend and Monday at the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy. Submitted photo

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