The hills are alive with Pine View High’s ‘The Sound of Music’

"The Sound of Music" puppet dance, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Kevin Lewis and Mitzie Rogers

ST. GEORGE – In one of its most anticipated productions, Pine View High School will bring the hills to life with a one-week run of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Tony Award-winning “The Sound of Music.”

“The Sound of Music” takes place in Austria in 1938, during the horrible reign of Adolf Hitler. It is based on the true story of the Von Trapp family and their governess, Maria, who introduces music into their lives amid the Nazi invasion of Austria.

Chrissy Stewart and Jake Parkinson sing “16 Going on 17” in “The Sound of Music,” St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Kevin Lewis and Mitzie Rogers

When Maria proves too-spirited for life as a nun, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of the widowed navy Captain Georg Von Trapp. Her rapport with the youngsters coupled with her generous spirit gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon, they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand Von Trapp’s service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape through the Alps into Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in theatre.

“This was a very dark time in our history,” said director Ani Rogers. “But through that darkness, the story illuminates the important role of family. Our actors have embraced these powerful themes and because of that, I think audiences will experience a deeper love for family and greater appreciation for freedom.”

Over 100 students from across Washington County are involved in the production, which features such memorable Broadway songs as “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi” and more. Vocal and orchestral music was composed by Robert Reimer and Ed Candland and the show was choreographed by Becky Reed.

Nathan Bennion as Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,” St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Kevin Lewis and Mitzie Rogers

Rogers, who is in her first year at Pine View, said she is delighted with the magic of the story and the emotion the cast brought to the production.

“This is an old story, but the themes and music are timeless and I believe this production will captivate a new generation,” she said. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the progress the cast, crew and students are making with this show. It has been such a great journey to be a part of.”

“The Sound of Music” opens Nov. 7 and runs through Nov. 10 in the Pine View High School auditorium. A free preview show will be open to the public on Nov. 6. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call the school at 435-628-5255.

Event details and contact information

Date: Nov. 7-10, preview on Nov. 6

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Pine View High School

Admission: $7, free preview

Contact: Pine View High School – 435-628-5255

Submitted by: Kevin Lewis and Mitzie Rogers

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