by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Franklin High student actors gather before they rehearse a group dance number from their early April musical, The Sound of Music. The Franklin High School (FHS) performing arts departments are more robust than ever, training students in music, dance, and drama.

The community is invited to enjoy the results of the instruction, when the musical play “The Sound of Music” opens in the FHS Theater on April 4.

So talented are the student actors who tried out for lead roles, for example, that the key part of “Maria” will be played, in alternating performances, by both Tina Albright and Haley McKinnon, instead of one of them being relegated to the role of understudy.

Franklin High Theater Instructor and the show's director Josh Forsythe told THE BEE, “We chose to present ‘The Sound of Music’ for a couple of different reasons. One is that we really like the songs. We think the songs provide beautiful music.

“And the other is the story line,” Forsythe continued. “This story embodies a sense of how important art and music is in people’s lives. It shows how healing music and arts are, demonstrated over and over when it ‘goes away’; and then returns.”

First staged in 1959, this show, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and based on the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp.

It features the story of the von Trapp Family Singers, and features musical “standards”, such the title song “The Sound of Music”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “My Favorite Things”, and “Climb Ev'ry Mountain”.

So plan now to see Quaker student actors in “The Sound of Music” when it opens at 7 p.m on April 4. It also plays in the evening on April 5, and April 11 and 12. And, there’s a special Family Matinee performance on April 6 at 2 pm.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and can be obtained at the FHS Student Store, and at the FHS Theater Box Office in the lobby, which opens a half hour before the curtain rises.

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