Englewood tackles `Sound of Music'

Summer musical is 50th production in series

Cheryl Adamson
Ashley Brown, as Maria, right, teaches the von Trapp children to sing in “Sound of Music,” Englewood’s Summer Musical presented on July 25, 26, 27 at Englewood Middle School.
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What could be more appropriate for the 50th production in Englewood's Summer Musical series than the beloved “The Sound of Music,” by Rodgers and Hammerstein — an immediate hit on Broadway in 1959, starring Mary Martin, and an award-winning film in 1965 with Julie Andrews. It has become a piece in our cultural fabric as a nation.

The cast of 93 actors and actresses, ages 7 to 70, is one of the largest ever included in the program. Bill Ambron, retired Englewood High School drama teacher, has returned to direct his 33rd summer show, and Wendy Mahr is involved with her 15th show — her 11th as vocal director. Choreographer John Mackey is working on his first Englewood summer show.

In 1965, EHS drama teacher Jack Fisher started a treasured tradition when he first did a Broadway show as part of his summer camp: “Little Mary Sunshine.”

This year's drama classes, rehearsals and performances are being held at Englewood Middle School's auditorium, 300 W. Chenango Ave., Englewood, because Englewood High is under construction.

“We plan to have a party next year for the 50th anniversary, when the program returns to Fisher Auditorium” at the high school, said Dan Carlson, who is assisting with technical aspects of the production.

Performances will be at Englewood Middle School at 7 p.m. July 25-26 and at 2 p.m. July 27.

Ashley Brown will star as Maria, the novice who becomes a governess for the motherless von Trapp children and falls in love with their father, Captain Georg von Trapp, played by David Novinger of Littleton. (His wife, Jennifer, plays Elsa Schraeder, son Preston is young Freidrich, while their younger son Carter is in the Children of Nonnberg Abbey Chorus.)

The wise Mother Abbess is portrayed by Renee Leth, and Lenee Businger is Sister Berthe, Andi Owens is Sister Margaretta, and Catherine Floyd plays Sister Sophia.

An additional number of nuns sing in the large ensemble, which also includes Nazis and guests at the captain's party, at various times.

Meet the charming von Trapp children: Liesl is Jordyn Morgan; Freidrich, Preston Novinger; Louisa, Katherine Gilmour; Kurt, Lars Lundberg; Brigitta, Lexi Lubotsky; Marta, Ana Levy; Gretl, Alexis Frey.

Other principals: Josh Kusch, Shelby Lynn, Xander Trullinger, Dan Barnes, John Driesbach, Emma Olsen and R.J. Floyd.

If you go

Performances of “The Sound of Music” will be at 7 p.m. July 25 and 26 and 2 p.m. July 27 at Englewood Middle School Auditorium, 300 W. Chenango Ave., Englewood. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Malley Recreation Center, 3380 S. Lincoln St., from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; and at Englewood Middle School, 300 W. Chenango Ave., 7-9 p.m. July 17-18 and July 21-24; 5:30 p.m. July 25-26; and 12:30 p.m. July 27. Call and have tickets put on will-call: 303-762-2660.