Follow Every Rainbow

On March 10, 2013 by Jamy Shaffer
Sound of Music Cast

Sound of Music Cast

 

Last weekend, I joined a very talented group of individuals in a new type of Disciple Day event… one that was not without its set of challenges.  However, how many worthwhile ventures are challenge free?  As I said when I started out as a formal, post making member of Disciple Day, I believe that one of my greatest gifts is my performance ability.  Back in mid-January, I joined an area community theater group in a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final musical collaboration – The Sound of Music.  The first obstacle we were presented was the time in which we had from casting to performance.  A less than two month time frame is usually not the most desirable amount for a small amateur group to stage a show (particularly a musical) of this caliber.  Added to the cast is the group of seven children who would be playing the roles of the von Trapp children.  At the read-through, I was very impressed with the amount of talent which they  brought (at least, musically).

Personally, another obstacle was the amount of time some of the major players were actually at rehearsal.  (Don’t get me wrong, everyone has a life outside of amateur community theater, I was more worried about the production as a whole.  It may sound strange since I have been in over 20 shows since 1999 but I am not a prima donna and Know that I will do my utmost in any role I am assigned).  Apparently, I was not the only one who thought so as one of the CHILDREN asked if the Captain would be joining us for rehearsal.  I actually spent a great deal of time praying about this and hoping that He would assist us in making this as good a show as possible.  I had previously worked with our Captain von Trapp in a previous show (which was my first with this particular group).  And as Kurt posted in his bio,  The Sound of Music was his first major role.  But he did a marvelous job!

Finally, after only six weeks from audition to show week, we came to the final rehearsals.  The night prior to opening was a rehearsal which we prayed that would live up to the old axiom of “A bad final dress rehearsal means a great opening night.” Maria’s bed broke, the musicians and singers were not in sync, we still wanted more set decorations, there were areas of the stage which were dead zones… where the microphones were not picking up the sound.

Last Friday, opening night arrived!  I am so proud to say that all of the worry was unfounded as believe it or not the cast, crew, musicians (including a mad talented Llama) were indeed read to perform to a tremendous crowd three nights in a row.  The numbers were spectacular (especially since an area high school presented the same show the same weekend at the same times).  Sunday was a near sell-out!

While not my favorite R&H musical, The Sound of Music is one of their most religiously centered shows.  Maria (like all of us) has to “find out what is the will of God and to do it” even if it means to leave the convent where she is on the journey to take her vows as a nun.  As she is reminded by the Mother Superior just before intermission, “The love between a man and a woman is holy, too.” (Proverbs 18:22)

Finally, as the von Trapp’s are about flee Austria to escape from the Nazi’s, the Abbess gives the Captain these words of encouragement “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my strength.” (Psalm 121). And that they would have help…”For Ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing.” (Isaiah 55:12)

Climb Ev’ry Mountain

Ford Every Strem

Follow Ev’ry Rainbow

Till You Find Your Dream

Thank you directors, cast, crew, and audiences for making this another memorable theatrical adventure.  For this production I performed along with several friends who are veterans of the group along with several new comers including three from my hometown.  Congrats Sandy, Jessica and Melody (who happen to be mother and daughter… Jessica was Sister Berthe and Melody played Marta).  Very well done!

Frau Schmidt (the Maid) and Franz (the Butler)

Frau Schmidt (the Maid) and Franz (the Butler)

 

Not sure what that smirk is but I'm sure it was all in character :D

Not sure what that smirk is but I’m sure it was all in character 😀

The Lonely Goatherd on Maria's repaired bed.

The Lonely Goatherd on Maria’s repaired bed.

 

Max and Franz.  Notice the  eye roll.  If only someone had taken a picture of Franz delivering the presents!

Max and Franz. Notice the eye roll. If only someone had taken a picture of Franz delivering the presents!

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