Dallas Academy’s Department of Music and Performing Arts delighted audiences this week through their sensitive performance of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music. The musical is particularly difficult as it is one that audiences have grown up watching and loving. Because it is near and dear to so many hearts, the show must be carefully and artfully adapted to the Dallas Academy stage and audiences. Dallas Academy’s Director of Music and Performing Arts, Molly Grogan, expertly adapted the show for the Dallas Academy community. Dallas Academy students and countless volunteers played vital roles both on the stage as well as behind the scenes to bring the classic musical to life.
The Sound of Music boasts timeless themes and soaring music. The play tells the story of a young woman studying to become a nun in Austria during the Nazi rise in Europe. Free-spirited Maria cannot seem to live by the rules and structure of abbey life. The Mother Abbess notices that Maria may need time to reevaluate her calling in life and sends Maria out to become the governess of the seven von Trapp children. The children are being raised in the strict home of naval officer Captain Georg von Trapp. Maria quickly falls in love with the children and teaches them music, a love for the outdoors, and to appreciate the small moments in life. She soon falls in love with the Captain too. The timeless musical features a multitude of rich and colorful characters and classic songs. The story emphasizes the theme of love during a very uncertain time in history
The Dallas Academy community always looks forward to the annual spring musical to display student talent and creativity. The production brought together students of all ages in a variety of roles both on the stage and behind the scenes. The stars of the show included Dria Bentley as the spirited Maria and Coltin Stringer as the stern Captain von Trapp. Soaring vocals were provided by Tea Barton in the role of The Mother Abbess. Alec Mayor played the role of confidant to the Captain, Max Detweiler. Liesl, the oldest of the von Trapp children, was played by Shan Wolf who falls in love with the young soldier Rolf, played by Luther Harris. The show was directed and produced by Molly Grogan and co-directed by Sydney Daly. Jay Stanford served as technical director. Countless parents dedicated hours to bringing the backdrop of the hills of Austria to the stage through beautiful sets, props, costumes, and lighting. The art team leaders were Matt and Sharon Bagley, set carpentry was designed by Joe Bentley, costumes were created by Andrea Harris, and Shannon Webb served as the props team leader. The magic of the story would not have been fully conveyed had it not been for the student technical crew and the support of both parent and community volunteers.
The musical brought down the house with performances of the fan-favorite songs including “Do-Re-Mi,” “Favorite Things,” “So Long, Farewell,” and “Climb Every Mountain.” The show, its music and characters, shared the timeless theme of love, even in a time of great adversity. A big congratulations to the talented cast and crew of The Sound of Music!