Approximately 80 students from elementary grades through high school seniors will be performing songs from the classic von Trapp family story.
Auditions for the play were held in December and rehearsals began in January for the nearly three-hour long show, said Leigh Ann Geter, a spokeswoman for the school.
The high school theater tech class helped design and create the sets, and the school’s orchestra will play along as the actors sing and dance.
Matthew Hendrix, director of the arts at the school, said he was impressed with the students’ commitment to the production.
“Our kids work hard and their loyalty never ceases to amaze me. I think, though, what impresses me most each year is the kids who you never see coming,” Hendrix said. “Every year, there is one kid who sort of clings to the edge of the life raft through the entire rehearsal process, and then, one night during a dress rehearsal, something clicks in that kid’s soul, and he realizes that this is what he was born to do, and for the next four years, you have one of your most dedicated actors.”
This is the first time the school will perform this particular play, and seats in the school’s gymnasium are expected to sell out, Geter said.
Four shows will be performed this week. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights the show will start at 7 p.m., and Saturday afternoon, one matinee performance will begin at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12, and community members as well as parents are invited to attend.