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RVP will present ‘The Sound of Music’

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 11:00 a.m. CDT

HENRY — River Valley Players will present “The Sound of Music” April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at St. Mary’s Community Center in Henry.

Based on a true story, “The Sound of Music” is the retelling of the Family von Trapp singers with music from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final collaboration including “Climb Every Mountain,” “Do Re Mi,” and “My Favorite Things.”

“Audiences can’t help but love this classic story of Maria and the von Trapp family,” said Don Lane, director of the show. “They are going to see ‘The Sound of Music’ in a new and fresh way and will be surprised by it. Our production has the best of both worlds with the same spirit of the movie and the engagement and spontaneity of the live theatrical version.”

River Valley Players production stars Joe Bantista as Captain von Trapp, Lindsey Pugh as Maria, Camilla Russell as Mother Abbess, Gary Talsky as Max Detweiler and Cyndy Bruch as the Baroness Schraeder. The von Trapp family singers include Victoria Sunken as Liesl, Cameron Tieman as Friedrich, Morgan Friedrich as Louisa, Garrett Berger as Kurt, Braden Schrock as Brigitta, Bella Gaspardo as Marta, and Makayla Frawley as Gretl. The show is under the direction of Don Lane, assisted by DiAnne Zellmer as choreographer and Norm Engstrom as musical director.

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday performances are $26.50 which includes a meal catered by St. Mary’s Community Center. The meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. The meal includes a salad bar, buffet dinner, dessert, coffee or iced tea as well as three beverage choices. Tickets for Friday performances are $15.50 and include the show only. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments may be purchased at an additional cost. Contact Judy Schwiderski at 309-364-3403 to purchase your tickets or email

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