DAKOTA RI­LEY QUACK­EN­BUSH Age 11. Role: Brigitta, 10.

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“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.”

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