The cast and crew of The Augusta Players’ theatrical production of The Sound of Music was all abuzz during recent rehearsals at the Wesley United Methodist Church Family Life Center.
“This is my third time appearing in The Sound of Music,” said Katie Reagan, 24, who is playing the lead role of Maria.
“It’s my all-time favorite theatrical production, my favorite movie – and playing the role played by Julie Andrews is fulfilling,” said Reagan, an Evans resident who played flute as a student at Greenbrier High School and sang in the school choir.
The 45-member crew will present The Sound of Music, with music written by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, for four performances May 4-6 at Imperial Theatre. Friday and Saturday showtimes are at 8 p.m., and the Sunday matinee is set for 3 p.m.
Attendees should make note to arrive early, Reagan said, pointing out that she will perform the show’s title tune within the first 10 minutes of the curtain’s opening.
While Reagan’s passion for music and live theater remains consistent, she says she never wanted to work as a professional actress or vocalist. Instead, she’s comfortable working as a cosmetologist and barista at a local Starbucks while volunteering her thespian talents in community theater.
“It’s my way of giving back. It’s not always about money. For me, if I can help others smile or take them into another zone – away from what may have been a difficult reality – then it’s a good thing. It’s always good to help someone else feel better,” she said.
The Sound of Music tells the story of the Von Trapp children and their need for a maternal foundation after the death of their mother. The musical takes place in 1938 Austria, before the escalation of World War II. The character of Maria transforms family chaos by introducing music to the seven dysfunctional Von Trapp siblings.
The show opened on Broadway in November 1959 and garnered even more praise in a 1965 movie starring Andrews and Christopher Plummer as Capt. Von Trapp. It won five Oscars, six Tony Awards and is considered the most financially successful film adaptation of a Broadway musical.
The movie is likewise noted for its musical selections including Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Edelweiss, Do Re Mi, My Favorite Things, Sixteen Going on Seventeen and The Sound of Music.
On Easter Sunday, the film aired on ABC, marking its continuous popularity nearly 50 years after it first aired on network television.
Debi Ballas, the executive/artistic director of The Augusta Players, said she’s hopeful “the artistic community turns out in solid numbers to appreciate an American theatrical classic. Our cast and crew have worked really hard to offer a professional product. This beautiful and timeless musical promises to be an enjoyable experience for the entire family and should not be missed.”