The stage is built, the costumes are sewn, and the lights are focused: the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is making final preparations for The Sound of Music , which will open Tuesday, August 1 and run for three performances.
This production is part of the youth summer performance program in which the entire cast is made up of teens. It is group- directed by Jane Anderson, Lacey Simoneau, Kristin Buckley, Samantha Buckley and Laura Brickson. The cast has been learning the dialogue and music from the show in a workshop atmosphere, in which they are receiving small-group voice, acting and dance instruction and are working on large group improvisation and theater basic skills. According to Jane Anderson, TRFACT executive director, “Musical theater requires a combination of many skills. Oftentimes in the theater, we focus solely on learning lines and notes to the songs. But there is so much more. Movement, character development, and really learning how to ‘play’ on stage are what make a good actor a great actor. That’s what we are doing with students in this program.”
Members of the cast of The Sound of Music were selected by audition and include Elise Kalsnes as Maria; Aly Karow: Sister Berthe; Molly Halsa: Sister Berthe; DeVyne Sieckert: Sister Sophia; Laura Waldorf: The Mother Abbess; Wyatt Halverson: Captain von Trapp; Olivia Mooney: Frau Jung; Emma Anderson:Frau Schmidt. The role of Rolf is played by Ethan Osowski, Max Detweiler by Coby Skjerven, Herr Zeller: David Miller, Admiral von Schreiber : Spencer Wittman, and Baron von Elberfeldt: Nate Sedlacek.
The Von Trapp Children are played by Irisah Mogen, Austin Wittman, Eleanor Brickson, Aiden Warne, Brooklyn Bakke, Brynn Olson, and Julianna Armentrout.
Other members of the ensemble include Olivia Wojahn, Carter Johnsrud, Becca Ballard,Kendra Mehrkens, Alaina Lunsetter,Hailee Eidelbes,Kendal Rantanen, and Madeline Petrovich,
Performances of The Sound of Music will take place at the Northland College Theater in Thief River Falls on August 1, 2, and 3 at 7 p.m. each evening. The show runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with an intermission, so it is the perfect venue for small children. (But it will entertain adults, as well!)
Tickets are available at Digikey Corporation during business hours, and at Pennington Square and Pennington Main. Tickets are also available at the door each night of the performance. Check us out on Facebook or log on to www.trfact.org for more information about the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater.