The hills are alive with the sound of music beginning March 20 and running weekends through May 8. The Imperial Dinner Theatre in Pocahontas will present Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved musical that tells the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers.
Maria (Maranda Pingel) is a young novice in an Austrian convent who regularly misses her morning prayers because she enjoys going to the hills to sing. After a discussion with Sisters Berthe, Sophia and Margaretta (Lisa Girard, Lavesta Blackwood, Pat Reynolds), the Mother Superior (Andee Evers) decides that Maria needs to learn something about the real world before she can take her vows, and she sends her off to be governess for the children of the widowed Captain Von Trapp (Henry Gross). Greeted at the Von Trapp home by a stern butler (Ken Benton), Maria discovers that her new boss is just as cold and aloof and his seven children virtual automations -- at least, whenever the Captain is around. At other times, the kids are holy terrors, as evidenced by the fact that Maria is the latest in a long line of governesses and testified to by the housekeepers Frau Schmidt (Joan Gross) and Ursula (Brittany Cox). But Maria soon ingratiates herself with the children, especially oldest daughter Liesl (Jenni Muzzillo), who is in love with teenaged messenger boy Rolf (Shane Koster). As Maria herself begins to fall in love with the Captain, she rushes back to the Abbey so as not to complicate his impending marriage to a glamorous baroness (Lindsey Jarrett).
But the children insist that Maria return, the Baroness steps out of the picture, and Maria and the Captain confirm their love and are married. As the Nazis march into Austria, they return from their honeymoon under a cloud of impending doom. Already, swastikas have been hung on the Von Trapp ancestral home, and Liesl's boyfriend Rolf has been indoctrinated in the "glories" of the Third Reich. The biggest blow occurs when Von Trapp is called back to active duty in the service of the Fuhrer by the unflinching Herr Zeller (Kevin Lowe). The Captain wants nothing to do with Nazism and his friend Max Dettwieller (Kelly Grooms) comes up with a plan for their escape. With the help of the nuns in the Abbey, the family finally escapes over Maria"s beloved mountains with only the clothes on their back.
The Von Trapp children are played by a cast of kids from the Studio for the Arts voice class. They are: Thomas Arnold, Dylan Blackwood, John Cummings, Brittany Grooms, Rachel Jines, Hope Lemmons, Bridgette Priest, Elizabeth Weick and Kirsten Williams.
Other characters throughout the play are performed by: Laycie Bivens, Ariel Cummings, Reche Drakeford, Anna Harris, John Harvey, Kenneth Jines, Cj Johnson, Pam Meridith, Dorothy Rapert, Debbie Spangler and Rebecca Swink.
The set is designed by Kelly Grooms and scenic artistry is by Cassandra Ivey with set construction by Jimmy McClannahan. The stage manager for the show is John Harvey.
Please visit the website at www.imperialdinnertheatre.com. Dates of performance are: March 20, 21, 26, 27, April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 30, May 1, 7, 8.
The Imperial Dinner Theatre is located at 1401 Hwy. 304 East in Pocahontas and requires reservations that can be made by calling 870-892-0030.