Sound of Music rings through OFHS

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Drama team sets eyes on state

Times Herald Staff

It’s going to be a fun week for theater lovers in Oconto Falls, with the high school musical “The Sound of Music” playing Thursday through Sunday and the drama club’s spaghetti dinner and one-act play coming up Tuesday.

The school’s production of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical about the Von Trapp family is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center in the high school, 210 N. Farm Road, Oconto Falls. Tickets at $12 for adults and $8 for children and students are available at the high school office and an hour before each performance at the door.

Meanwhile, in a district performance of the Dennis Bush play “On the Edge” at Tomahawk last weekend, the drama club earned the opportunity to advance to sectionals in Green Bay on Thursday. If they make it through there, the team will represent Oconto Falls at the state festival in La Crosse.

The play will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the PAC, following the annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser in the commons, which begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door at $8 for the dinner and show and $5 for the show only.

“The Sound of Music” follows the story of a postulant who turns out to be too high-spirited for the life of a nun and is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. The story of Maria, the captain and the children has become one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

The large cast and crew are led by Andrea Waschbisch as Maria Rainer, Keith Van Dornick as Captain Georg Von Trapp, and – as the children – Lyndsey Luebke, Aaron Gonnering, Khloe Van Dornick, Alex Waschbisch, McKenzie Jackson, Autumn Canavera and Jessica Wolford. Paige Stapleton portrays Mother Abbess.

Proceeds from bucket and 50/50 raffles held at the shows this weekend will go toward musical expenses, and a portion will be donated to the Oconto Falls Veterans Memorial fund.

A reception is planned Saturday night for cast and chorus, pit band and tech crew, with the directors of the 1971 OFHS production of “The Sound of Music” as special guests.

“On the Edge” is centered on an extended-family reunion where six teens find connections where they initially see only distance and differences. As they confront troubling issues facing them and their families, they confess their fears and insecurities.

Assisting faculty director Gayle Gander as student director is senior Addison Hatch, who is also one of the performers. Joining her are Adeline Pumplun, Mackenzie Staidl, Lydia Murphy-Hendricks, Donovan Kamke and Katelyn Staidl.

Directors for “The Sound of Music” are Amy Thiel (vocals/technical/set and props), Susan Seidl (drama/technical/set and props), Victoria Dominguez (pit band) and David Heisel (construction). Laura Kostreva is the choreographer.

“The Sound of Music” is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals.