The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is a Central Georgia favorite! The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about the Trapps, a young family of refugees who escaped from Nazi-invaded Europe, opened to roaring success in a closed performance.

This also happened to be the final dress rehearsal before the production opened to the general public. Every seat in the arena was filled to capacity and beyond on this first night of the 10-day run, so the cast performed to a standing room only audience!

More than 30 players appeared in The Sound of Music and they were led by Emma Banze and Robert O’Quinn as Maria Rainer and Captain Georg Von Trapp.


The Sound of Music
Panoramic view of the Theatre Macon arena for “The Sound of Music” on its opening night production.

The cast featured the following budding thespians as the Trapp children: Ally Parker as Leisl, Joshua Garner as Friedrich, Grace Deedrick as Louisa, Grey Faulkner as Kurt, Saray Pyles as Brigitta, Emma Littleton as Marta, and Clarissa Jane Cleghorn as Gretl.


Per Wikipedia, “The original Broadway production, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, opened in 1959 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, out of nine nominations. … It was the last musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, as Oscar Hammerstein died of stomach cancer nine months after the Broadway premiere.”

The Sound of Music also was adapted as a 1965 film musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Here’s a clip from the film of the Trapp children singing “So Long, Farewell.”

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