Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

June 12, 2014

The 'Sound' of families

Locals staging a classic rendition of popular musical

Capt. Von Trapp will receive a proper Father’s Day salute as ACT Theater Company presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” this weekend at West Middle School auditorium in Andover.

“This show is one of the most-beloved movies and musicals of all time,” director Charles Gracy said in a press release. “Our amazing cast will ensure you fall in love with it all over again.”

More than 100 local children and teens — a record number for ACT — came out for the March auditions to vie for a role as one of seven von Trapp children. In the end, the team cast 23 children and 18 adults, including a total of 21 performers from Andover. To expand opportunities for participation, the von Trapp children have been double cast, with each performing in two of the four shows from Friday night through Sunday afternoon.

In keeping with the family theme, four Andover families will be on stage together.

The Day Family will have mother Julie as Frau Schmidt performing alongside 16-year-old triplets Kristina (Louisa), Elizabeth and Taylor (both ensemble). The Coppola Family is on stage together for the first time, with dad Phil in his theater debut as Herr Zeller joining 11-year-old daughter Gianna as Brigitta. The Jones Family features the mother-son duo of Lisa as Sister Berthe and 11-year-old Andrew as Kurt. And the McCarron family has the mother-daughter team of Lauren, a teacher at West Elementary School, in the ensemble, with 16-year-old Alison as Liesl. The McCarrons are appearing in their first stage show together as well.

Producer Cara Kennedy, who also plays one of the nuns, said “The Sound of Music” is a “rite of passage for anyone into musical theater.”

She said there’s more to the show than the audience might realize if they’ve only seen the classic film. For example, the music includes Latin pieces. “It’s challenging, but the music’s beautiful, so it’s fun,” she said.

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