By Shari Friedel
The public is invited to enjoy Perkins County High School’s performance of “The Sound of Music” on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. in the high school’s multipurpose room.
The well-loved musical is loosely based on the true story of Maria Rainer, a spirited young nun in training whose life is changed when she becomes governess to seven children of a widowed former naval captain, Georg von Trapp.
The setting is the country of Austria during the rise of the Third Reich.
The family, who through Maria has rediscovered music, flees their homeland to escape the Nazi influence.
Originally a stage musical with songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the story was made into a musical film in 1965.
In Perkins County’s production, Maria will be played by Ashley Kemling and Georg von Trapp by Christian Miyamoto.
Mother Abbess is played by Tori Osler; Sister Berthe by Elizabeth Krajewski; Sister Margarite by Shania Metcalf; Sister Sophia by Katie Rowley and new postulate by Callie Meyer.
The von Trapp children, Liesl, Friedrich, Kurt, Brigitta, Louisa, Marta and Gretl are portrayed by Emma Friedel, Colton White, Ty Summers, Sarah Medich-Meyer, Courtney McClenahan, Jessie Woodmancy and Alyssa Young.
Franz the Butler is played by Michael Dreiling; Baron Elberfeld by Mark Hanson; Herr Zeller by Blake Poppe; Admiral von Schreiber by Patrick Teppert. Rolf Gruber will be played by Ethan Behrends.
Max Detweiler is portrayed by Taylor Boldt.
Frau Eberfeld is played by Allison Kiolbasa; Frau Zeller by Elizabeth Krajewski; Ursula by Courtney Lyon.
Kristin Beck will play the part of Elsa.
Portraying the SS, nuns and neighbors are Kaden Kammerer, Zak Kurkowski, Caleb Gaar, Elliot Carlson, Brady Mailand, Hannah Beck, Rachel Carrig, Mariah Curtis, Claire Friedel, Lila Konecky, Amanda Osler, Stephanie Schrotberger, Breanna Stephens, Capri Meyer, Hailey Sletten, Carlie Waitley and Tayler Walter.
Musical sponsors are instructors Doug Babbitt and Judy Kurkowski. Accompanying on the piano is Jeanie Gaar.