The Sound of Music

America's favorite sing-along!

The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical

When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of 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 the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre—and the motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals

The hills ARE alive!

Dock Theater’s production of one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved musicals drew new power and significance from current events.

From the Director

The Power of Music...and Love

Thank you for attending Dock Mennonite Academy’s 2018 production of The Sound of Music! We were excited to retell this iconic story of music, resiliency, and the power of love over hate. 

From the opening we experience the power of music to bring joy and the strength of the mountains that resonate with it. Music reawakens the Captain’s heart from his grief, freeing him to feel joy and love from his children once again. This same music gives Maria the strength to journey from her monastic family to the Family von Trapp, searching for how best to use her gifts to bring love to the world. And it is this love that, when faced with the choice of paths in Act II, emboldens the Captain to choose what is right over what is easy. 

This story is set in the spring, 1938. It is a particular moment in history, just as Nazi Germany takes over Austria. And it is being performed now, in this particular moment in history, less than two weeks after yet another mass killing. This time in a synagogue, at a bris, a family celebration of new life. Although the words “hate” and “antisemitism” are not heard in the show, we cannot see what Brigitta calls “the flag with the black spider on it,” without shuddering at the power of the hate behind it. 

In the face of so much hate, we can’t just ask ourselves ‘Would we have had the strength to resist hate?’ But “Do we have the strength to resist hate?' Not ‘How would we have made others safe’, but ‘How do we make others safe?’ Are we bold enough to believe in a world where no one is afraid? Where no one need flee for safety? 

There is power in music to bring joy and speak truth. There is strength in the mountains to ring with that music whenever we need to hear it. Will we let it make us bold?  

Let us lift up our eyes to the hills. From there our help comes.

The promise of Hope. The power of Story. The work of the Kingdom.  

Karen Johnston

Cast List

Maria Rainer  Alexa Kennel

The Mother Abbess  Olivia Celenza

Sister Berthe, Mistress of the Novices  Ruth Michel

Sister Margaretta, Mistress of Postulants  Natalie Frank

Sister Sophia  Mikayla Martin

Captain Georg von Trapp  Miguel Santiago

Franz, the butler  Benjamin Longacre

Frau Schmidt, the housekeeper  Bryanna Dix

Liesl  Greta Schrag

Friedrich  Ivan Dean

Louisa  Kaitlyn Good

Kurt  Christopher Moore

Brigitta  Mia Kuhn

Marta  Belyse Landis

Gretl  Avery Goldcamp

Rolf Gruber  David Michel

Elsa Schraeder  Hannah Landis

Ursala  Abigail Delp

Max Detweiler Ben Graham

Herr Zeller  Songheon Kang

Baron Elberfeld  Kail McHugh

A New Postulant  Emma Robb

Admiral von Schreiber  Ben Anderson

Nuns of Nonberg Abbey

Isabel Bergin, Abigail Delp, Bryanna Dix, Eliana Farmer, Summer Hondrus, Belle Ragazzo, Emma Robb, Cassidy Williams, Savannah Youssef

Party Guests

Christine Hu, Elle Loux, Emma Rose Thompson

The Cast

Alexa Kennel

Maria Rainer

Miguel Santiago

Captain Georg von Trapp

Greta Schrag


Ivan Dean


Kaitlyn Good


Christopher Moore


Belyse Landis


Mia Kuhn


Avery Goldkamp


Ben Graham

Max Detweiler

SongHeon Kang

Herr Zeller

Hannah Landis

Elsa Schraeder

Ben Anderson

Admiral von Schreiber

Olivia Celenza

The Mother Abbess

Mikayla Martin

Sister Sophia

Ruth Michel

Sister Berthe

Mistress of the Novices

Natalie Frank

Sister Margaretta

Mistress of Postulants

Kail McHugh

Baron Elberfeld

Isabel Bergin

Baroness Elberfeld

Emma Robb

A New Postulant

David Michel

Rolf Gruber

Ben Longacre

Franz, the Butler

Bryanna Dix

Frau Schmidt, the Housekeeper

Emma Rose Thompson

Fraulein Schweiger

The Nuns of Nonberg Abbey

1st row: Natalie Frank, Mikayla Martin, Eliana Farmer, Emma Robb, Savannah Youssef.
2nd row: Olivia Celenza, Cassidy Williams, Ruth Michel, Isabel Bergin.
3rd row: Abigail Delp, Belle Ragazzo, Bryanna Dix.

The Directors

Karen Johnston


Rodney Derstine

Music Director


Jean Mong


Patti Guttenplan


Kathy Kennel

Theater Coordinator

Darwin Zehr

Tech Director