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Come get in the Christmas spirit!
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
Dock Theater’s production of one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved musicals drew new power and significance from current events.
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.
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
Christine Hu, Elle Loux, Emma Rose Thompson
Mistress of the Novices
Mistress of Postulants