Seven senior students play roles in latest WHS drama production

When you think of “The Sound of Music,” you probably picture Julie Andrews twirling around in a mountain meadow, frolicking with the unruly, motherless Von Trapp children all over historic Salzburg, teaching them to sing “Do-Re-Mi” while strumming her guitar.

You may not think of seniors from Wilsonville High School. But you should. Because seven of them are performing seven iconic roles from the 1959 musical that inspired the 1965 film.

The group’s collective theatrical experience is impressive, starting at the top of the cast list.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Senior Olivia Klugman stars as Maria in the WHS production of The Sound of Music.Olivia Klugman stars as Maria, the would-be nun who doesn’t quite fit in at the abbey and isn’t confident she will make a decent governess, either. Klugman previously starred as Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” two years ago, and last year she played Snoopy in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

The man who can inspire both backtalk and blushing from Maria is the intimidating and commanding Captain Georg von Trapp. Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Senior Jason Black plays Captain Von Trapp in the musical, opening Nov. 5 at Wilsonville High School. Jason Black stars as the retired Austrian naval officer. Black played the role of John Brooke in “Little Women, the Musical” last year and was one of the lead singers of “21 Guns” from Night on Broadway several years ago.

WHS drama veteran Hayley Rousselle provides the third leg of the love triangle that ensnares Maria and the Captain. Rousselle plays the role of Elsa Schrader, a wealthy baroness who becomes engaged to the Captain. Last year, Rousselle played Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and of Amy in “Little Women, The Musical.” Rousselle’s performance this year in “The Sound of Music” completes a circle for this young actor; her onstage career began when she played the youngest Von Trapp child, Gretl, in the 2002 WHS production of the play.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Seniors Cameron Worth, right, and Hayley Rouselle play Max Detweiler and Baroness Elsa Schrader. Providing comic relief to the pragmatic baroness is “Uncle” Max Detweiler, the charming vocal producer who discovers the Von Trapp children’s talent and draws them in for his singing festival. This role is played with wit and charm by Cameron Worth, the actor who brought to life the roles of Professor Fritz Bhaer in “Little Women, The Musical” and Otto Frank in “The Diary of Anne Frank” last year.

Fresh off her role as Beth in “Little Women, the Musical” last year, senior Angela Garrett plays the Mother Abbess, the head of Nonnberg Abbey who serves as Maria’s mentor. The Mother Abbess also acts as peacekeeper between Maria and Sisters Berthe and Sophia, played by Ellie Lauthner, who played Aunt March in “Little Women, The Musical,” and Aubrey Slaughter, who played Sally in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - From right, seniors Angela Garreltt, Aubrey Slaughter and Ellie Lauthner join sophomore Kylee Kamikawa as nuns in Wilsnoville High Schools production of The Sound of Music.The group of talented seniors is ably backed by a solid cast from the high school and younger actors recruited from area middle and primary schools to play the youngest four Von Trapp children. The show is directed by Jason Katz with musical direction by Sue Schreiner and band orchestration by Chad Davies.

As a whole, the cast and crew offers a delightful take on a classic musical that is sure to have audience members tapping their toes and humming along.Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - A group of young actors from Wilsonville primary, middle and high schools portray Von Trapp children in the play.

“The Sound of Music” opens Nov. 5 in the Wilsonville High School auditorium. Performances follow on Nov. 6, 8, 12-13 and 15. All shows start at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available online at and also may be purchased at the door, although advanced purchase is encouraged. Tickets may also be purchased during school hours from the bookkeeper in the school’s main office.

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