Coming off of a highly successful fall production of "Little Shop of Horrors," the newly revived Robert C. Byrd High School Theatre Program will produce their second consecutive spring musical.
Robert C. Byrd High School Theatre Department will present "The Sound of Music" to the public on April 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 at 3 p.m. in the RCB Auditorium. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased ahead by calling 304-326-7200 or at the door the night of the production.
The production is directed by Emily Moore assisted by Assistant Director, Lindsey Mitchell, Music Director, Joshua Stubbs, Choreographer, Albert Altovilla, and Technical Directing Team, Rex Kelch , Ralph Mearns, and David Yazvac. The cast and crew consist of 65 RCB students, nine WI Middle School students and 12 elementary students from Norwood and Nutter Fort, respectively and is facilitated by Rebecca Mearns, play sponsor/prop master, Katherine Crim, scenic artist, David Cotton and Larry Zinn, Set Décor Consultants, Karen Bisset, costume designer, John Martin, sound crew chief, Alexandra Clark, student director, and Gracie Cotton, head stage manager.
“It is a huge group effort on part of the students, parents, community and faculty/staff at RCB,” remarks Mrs. Moore. “I am incredibly proud of my students —the amount of hard work and dedication it takes to put on an entertaining and memorable production is huge.”
And entertaining it will be! "The Sound of Music" is a widely known musical which was made into a movie starring Julie Andrews in 1965 and the stage version was recently performed live on television starring country superstar Carrie Underwood. Set in Austria in early 1938, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When a local Navy captain writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job.
With the Captain a widower, and away often, he runs the household as tight as the ship he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings much needed joy to their lives, including the Captain’s. Eventually, he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though the Captain is engaged to someone else. Their feelings for one another make them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their "happy ever after" is threatened by historic world events, as Austria is about to come under the control of Germany and the Captain will be forced to fight against his beloved Austria. This is a production that people of all ages will enjoy!