Cen­tral Col­le­giate’s ‘Sound of Mu­sic’ will fill the air

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The Mae Wil­son The­atre is set to come alive with the Sound of Mu­sic. Cen­tral Col­le­giate’s play this year, The Sound of Mu­sic will come to the stage with a tal­ented cast of stu­dents who have risen to the chal­lenge of play­ing some pow­er­ful roles. The or­ches­tra has also been pre­par­ing an in­spir­ing mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment. Each year, Di­rec­tor and Mu­si­cal Di­rec­tor, Mr. Brian Bow­ley and Mr. Paul McCor­ris­ton se­lect the mu­si­cals care­fully based on the chil­dren they ex­pect will par­tic­i­pate in the fol­low­ing year’s mu­si­cal. Au­di­tions for the mu­si­cals are held in Septem­ber, but even be­fore the au­di­tions be­gin, a huge staff of teach­ers come to­gether to con­trib­ute to the prepa­ra­tions mak­ing the show pos­si­ble. Peo­ple in­volved, in­clud­ing chore­og­ra­pher Shana van den Heu­vel, ded­i­cate hours and weeks of per­sonal time to en­sure that the stu­dents’ ef­forts are suc­cess­fully pre­sented. This year’s pro­duc­tion takes place at the Mae Wil­son The­atre from November 23 to 25th.

The mu­si­cal is set dur­ing the 1930’s when the po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment was dan­ger­ous for paci­fists such as the Von Trapp fam­ily. As Bow­ley elab­o­rated, the mid-1930’s Nazi-Ger­many was build­ing up to the Se­cond World War and, “in or­der to form a “Greater Ger­many” and to take ad­van­tage of the nat­u­ral re­sources that Aus­tria had to of­fer, the an­nex­a­tion or An­schluSS was in­evitable.” It’s very in­ter­est­ing the way Bow­ley de­scribed the story pre­sented in the mu­si­cal, say­ing, “The Sound of Mu­sic has very strong char­ac­ters: three strong fe­males, three strong men” as he shared his ob­ser­va­tion that the stu­dents who play the char­ac­ters are also very strong char­ac­ters.

Jai­dyn Gieni, a Cen­tral Col­le­giate se­nior who has four years of mu­si­cal the- atre back­ground, plays Maria, the Von Trapp chil­dren’s gov­erness and lead role in the mu­si­cal. As Bow­ley shared, Maria “breaks the bonds of Clas­sism when she and the Up­per-class Cap­tain von Trapp fall in love.” It comes as no sur­prise, then, that a strong lead­ing fe­male is set to play such a woman. Gieni has per­formed as a fea­tured soloist in Leader of the Pack, in ad­di­tion to hold­ing roles in the mu­si­cals, Guys and Dolls and High School Mu­si­cal. She stud­ies voice pri­vately, has writ­ten and di­rected a play for the One Act Drama Fes­ti­val, and is se­ri­ous about mu­sic and drama.

Ethan Brent­nell has stepped out of his usu- al or­ches­tral com­fort zone to ven­ture into the lead­ing male ac­tor’s role, Cap­tain von Trapp. Brent­nell also stud­ies pri­vate voice lessons and has se­ri­ous in­ter­est in per­form­ing vo­cally and as a song writer. His char­ac­ter, von Trapp, is a wealthy Navy Cap­tain in Aus­tria who flees the coun­try with his fam­ily to avoid be­ing forced to com­ply with the an­nex­a­tion.

All mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to at­tend the mu­si­cal that will play dur­ing three days of per­for­mances from Thurs­day, November 23rd to Satur­day, November 25th at the Mae Wil­son The­atre. To pur­chase tick­ets, visit Cen­tral Col­le­giate or go online to showtix4u.com.

Maria and Gretl as played by Jai­dyn Gieni and Avery John­son. De­spite not yet be­ing a high school stu­dent, young Avery has vol­un­teered her time to play her spe­cial role in the mu­si­cal.

Part of the CCI or­ches­tra re­hears­ing, led by mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Mr. Paul McCor­ris­ton (guitar player, cen­tre)

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