“The Sound of Music” coming to Fremd

Andrew Hwang

Fremd High School’s production of the internationally acclaimed “The Sound of Music” will take place Nov. 4-6 at 7:00 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kolze Auditorium.

“The Sound of Music,” a romantic story about the Von Trapp singers who were one of the most famous concert groups during the era before World War II, is based on the internationally acclaimed film that was premiered in 1965 and remains one of the top-grossing films in entertainment history. The film starred Julie Andrews as Maria Rainer and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp. Since its premiere, countless number of musical productions have featured “The Sound of Music” in their programs, and this year, Fremd High School will be a part of that list.

As the musical nears its performance dates, the cast performed small parts of the musical to the whole school body during English periods on Oct. 23 and 26.

Junior Michael Yun enjoyed the preview after watching it during his English period.

“It was the first time that I have ever been so attentive to a musical performance. By far, this year’s Sound of Music has been the best I’ve ever experienced at Fremd,” Yun said.

Cast rehearsals vary, with some going as late as 9 p.m. Though preparing the musical takes a work and dedication, all the members enjoy working with one another in making this year’s musical a success. Junior Sarah Jones, who plays a nun, tells us that this time of the year is her favorite.

“Though the week before the performances is very hectic and tiresome, I would consider the whole process of developing this musical as the emotional high of the year,” Jones said.

From small aspects such as dance steps and clear expression of each individual role, the cast has been working very hard in solidifying little details and making sure the musical will be a success. English teacher Judy Klingner, who directs the musical, strongly believes that focusing on these details will make this year’s production of “The Sound of Music” a hit.

“At this point in the process, by the time the members learned the songs and the dances, there is nothing to focus on unless we focus on the small details, ” Klingner said. “Plus, the small details are what help tell the story to its fullest extent.”

Despite the somewhat heavy premise, being set in Nazi-occupied Austria, “The Sound of Music,” at its core, is a heartwarming story that  Klingner believes will be just as successful as previous years.

“The musical will be successful because it reaches a different audience. Last year’s musical, ‘Shrek,’ is more of a children’s story that is fun and silly. But ‘The Sound of Music’ is a family-oriented story and it is not quite so silly. The past years have also been successful, but this year’s musical will just be successful in a different way.”

Tickets can be purchased for $9 at the cashier starting Thursday, Oct. 29 and can also be bought on the day of the performances.