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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Faith Christian presents 'The Sound of Music'

Story by Donna Lenz Wright/The Week


Terry Mayer/The Week
(L-R) Kristina Haan, Katie Stearns, Rachel Myers, Madison Haltli, Emily Mack, Katie Hirte, Matthew Baughman and Grant Myers rehearse a scene from Faith Christian School's production of "The Sound of Music."
"The Sound of Music" is an American favorite, and the kids at Faith Christian have been working for months getting ready to take audiences to the Swiss Alps in the days leading up to World War II.

"It's the story of a high-spirited young lady who is dispatched to serve as governess (Kristina Haan) for the seven children of a widowed naval captain," says Lois Haan, Faith Christian School receptionist.

While Captain Von Trapp (Joe Hirte) loved his children dearly, he lacked in the nurturing department in a big way, creating seven very unfulfilled children-just how the governess, Maria, felt living in the convent.

With music and fun, Maria forms strong bonds with the children, then the captain, who learns how to show his children the affections they needed so much.

"Upon returning from their honeymoon, they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the captain's immediate service in their navy," Haan said. "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."

The Sound of Music, 1965, won five Oscars and is the theatrical source of everyone's favorites like "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and many others.

"The motion picture version remains the most popular musical of all time," Haan adds.

The Faith Christian Players will perform "The Sound of Music" April 18-19, 7 p.m. at Faith Christian School. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. For information or tickets, call 245-9404.



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Cast

Captain - Joe Hirte
Maria - Kristina Haan
Liesl - Katie Hirte
Friedrich - Grant Myers
Louisa - Emily Mack
Brigitta - Madison Haltli
Kurt - Matthew Baughman
Marta - Rachel Myers
Gretl - Katie Stearns
Elsa - CaseyMack
Herr Zeller - Zach Ford
Max - Brady Hollenbeck
Frau Zeller - Brittaney Peiffer
Rolf - Andrew Mulder
Admiral von Schreiber - Ryan Murphy
Franz - Brandon Valadez
Baron Elberfeld - Nick Kubiske
Frau Schmidt - Jillian Versweyveld
Baroness Elberfeld - Melissa Siegel
Ursula - Melissa Siegel
German guards - Eli Thompson and Quinn Chody
Mother Abbess - Kristolyn Pettygrove
Sister Margareta - Nicole Ackatz
Sister Berthe - Abigail Knudtson
Sister Sophia - Ariel Kopas

Nuns/guests - Danielle
Thompson, Kasey Montsma,
Ellie Sheetz, Sarah Jongetjes,
Noelle Goodson, Kaitlyn
Asbury, Hannah Brossard,
Brittany Trent, Sarah Mack,
Laken Love, Hannah
Hatlestad, Jessica D'Silvestro,
Julie Gregornik, Emilie Carr
and Malorie Carr

Additional guests - Nick Asta,
David Ferguson, Noah Gray
and Ben Sass

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