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'The Sound of Music' opened last week in Colton, but you can still catch performances May 17-20

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - The cast of 'The Sound of Music.'

From the opening notes of the first song of the musical by the nuns of Nonnberg Abbey, the CHS Drama Club's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" is performed with first rate singing and acting that belies a high school production.

The play is set in Austria in the year 1938. The story of family, romance, and courage is well known with Maria going to the home of widowed Captain von Trapp to be governess to his seven children. The songs including "Climb Every Mountain", "Do, Re, Mi", "My Favorite Things" and "Edelweiss" are flawlessly performed by the student actors. In addition to the themes of love and family, the production captures the fear the family experiences when Nazi Germany takes over Austria. The danger is front and center as Captain von Trapp and Maria decide if defying the Nazi regime is worth risking the family's safety.

The musical is directed by Allan Bruner, musical director is Laura Knight-Rose, sound engineer is James Smith, choreography is by Japheth Fuentes, Vanessa Fuentes, Shyann Myers and Rayne Burke, and the set design is by LaNel Davenport.

"The concept of the play is really interesting and very emotional," said senior Morgan Ackermann, who played Baroness Elsa von Shraeder the first week and plays a nun the second week. "The characters are well developed and the music is wonderful."

"I went to the Colton High School production of Sound of Music," said Bobby Rice, Colton School District music and band teacher. "You should make plans to see it next weekend. It was fabulous. This is one of my favorite musicals, and they were fantastic. I am so proud of the kids. Mr. Bruner does a wonderful job with the drama kids. Go see this musical."

You can still catch the play May 17-19 with doors opening at 7 p.m. and curtain at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on May 20 with doors open 2 p.m. Curtain is at 2:30 p.m. The price of admission is adults-$6, students-$5, seniors and children $4 and a family price of $15.

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