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‘The Sound of Music’ coming to Henry

Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 4:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 8, 2013 4:50 p.m. CDT
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Lindsey Pugh (Maria), Camilla Russell (Mother Abbess), Nicole Fauser (Sister Margaretta), Deanne Crook (Sister Berte) and Charlotte Balensiefen (Sister Sophia) prepare for the opening of River Valley Player's production of "The Sound of Music" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The show will be presented April 19, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 29 at St. Mary’s Community Center in Henry.

HENRY — River Valley Players will present “The Sound of Music” April 19, 20, 21, 27, 29 and 29 at St. Mary’s Community Center in Henry.

One of the most beloved and inspirational stories of all time, this tale of love and courage is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final triumphant collaboration. Based on the true story of the von Trapp family, the “Sound of Music” has become a beacon of hope and joy for generations.

The story begins when a postulant Maria (played by Lindsey Pugh), proves too high-spirited for the religious life. During a discussion among the nuns in “How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?”, Maria is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her love of music and generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon, they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the captain’s immediate service. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theater. With its unforgettable score that includes musical favorites like “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “The Lonely Goatherd”.

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday performances are $26.50. A meal, including a lavish salad bar, buffet dinner, dessert, coffee and three beverage choices, will be served prior to the performance. The meal for Saturday performances is served at 6:30. Sunday’s are a matinee performance with the meal served at 12:30 p.m. Friday tickets are $15.50 and include the show only. The show will be at 7 p.m. Refreshments may be purchased at an additional cost.

For more information, contact Judy at 309 364-3403 or email rivervalleyplayers@yahoo.com.

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