DAKOTA RILEY QUACKENBUSH Age 11. Role: Brigitta, 10.
“I like all of them, except Rochester,” Dakota says of the tour cities so far. “I liked West Palm Beach, Florida. We got to go the beach between shows, and it was always warm. And Grand Rapids, because that was when my dad got to come see the show for the first time.”
Washington is special because the company sits down for five weeks. Until the show arrived here June 13, the year had been 16 one-week stands across the east and Midwest. “With one week,” Dakota says, “I feel like we just got here, and my mom’s like, ‘Pack your bags! It’s time to go!’”
She appreciates the musical’s reality as the von Trapps escape Austria during the Nazi rise. “It’s not a fantasy thing like ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Harry Potter,’ ” she says. “It’s nonfiction.”
Tough parts include having to finish fifth grade on the road, but she likes acting and will keep after it for a while. And yes, some of the work was challenging. “When we did ‘Do-Re-Mi,’ I was like, ‘I’m
never going to get this.’ There were so many ‘Tea, a drink with jam and bread’ in all these different spots,” she says, singing the line different ways. “But before you know it, I go on stage with ‘Tea, a drink with jam and bread.’ And it was pretty fun.”