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The Sound of Music' to grace Caz College stage

Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," will be staged on April 9 through 11 and April 16 through 18 at the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College. Curtain times are 8 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

General admission for adults is $14; for seniors and children 12 and over is $10; for children 12 and under is $8; and for Cazenovia College students is $4. Tickets are available at Cazenovia Jewelry and through the box office at 655-7827, or e-mail cprossner@cazenovia.edu. For more information, call 655-7238.

"The Sound of Music," written for actress Mary Martin by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, is based on the memoirs of Maria von Trapp. A number of dramatic changes were made to the story, principally to the personality of Captain von Trapp, and the manner in which the family left Austria. Two films, "The Trapp Family," (1956), and "The Trapp Family in America," (1958), detail the real story. In the original Broadway version of "The Sound of Music," Maria was played by Mary Martin and the Baron von Trapp was played by Theodore Bikel.

A number of Cazenovia residents are featured in "The Sound of Music." Amanda Benoit stars as Maria Rainer; John Melvin plays Captain Georg von Trapp and Sue Berger is the Mother Abbess. The show is directed by David Lowenstein, artist in residence at Cazenovia College, and produced by Colleen Prossner, operations manager of the Catherine Cummings Theatre.

The children of Captain von Trapp will be played by Cazenovia College students and area residents. Samantha Brooks, of Morris, a junior at Cazenovia College, plays Liesl; Sean Maliga, of Cazenovia, plays Friedrich; Alexandra Astras, of Monticello, a junior at Cazenovia College, is Louisa; David Kempf, of Cazenovia, plays Kurt; Kristen Teno, of Clarence a Cazenovia College senior, is Brigitta; Juliana Slocum, of Cazenovia, is Marta; and Gretl is played by Nia Lloyd, of Cazenovia.

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