This summer marks the return of Shasta College’s summer musical with a production of the beloved classic, The Sound of Music!
This family favorite play and the countless musical scores it features by Rodgers & Hammerstein almost need no introduction. The story concerns Maria Rainer, an irrepressible young postulant at Nonnberg Abbey, who is sent to act as governess for seven children of a retired naval officer, Captain von Trapp. Maria brings music and laughter back into the von Trapp household, and audiences are swept up in the ensuing love story. The play is set in Austria during the tumultuous times leading up to WWII, and the struggles and choices such circumstances eventually require.
The Sound of Music won five Tony awards in 1959, including Best Musical; the subsequent Academy Award-winning 1965 film adaptation went on to become the most popular movie musical ever produced. The score features a bevy of beloved Golden Age musical numbers, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” and the titular number. This wonderful show is both a spirited and family-friendly romp, and a reminder of the ways in which music can provide community and hope in seasons of political violence and turmoil.
Evening performances will be held in the Shasta College theatre on July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 at 7:00 p.m., with Sunday matinée performances on July 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m. The cast will be joined by select members of the Shasta Symphony Orchestra, performing Richard Rodgers’ lush score under the baton of conductor and music director Dr. Jeff Specht.
The Sound of Music is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. Our production is directed by Dr. Greg Thorson, sets by David Fraser, costumes by Hilary Fahey, and makeup by Mat McDonald.