Locals act in "The Sound of Music"

  • Monday, March 10, 2014

Williamsburg County resident Catherine Boyd is one of several local children who are cast members in the musical production The Sound of Music at the Blanding Theater in Lake City. Boyd plays one of the Von Trapp children. Photo by Michaele Duke

The Blanding Street Auditorium in Lake City will be alive with The Sound of Music as actors will deliver the popular musical March 13 through 16. The cast, which includes several Williamsburg County residents, is certain to bring this wonderful story to life.

Local members of the cast are McKenzie Bryan who plays the oldest Von Trapp girl Liesl, Lisa Cooper, a nun, Ashley Adams is Elsa Schareder, Michael Ann Pennell is a Postulant ( a girl who is a candidate for admission into a religious order), and Catherine Boyd who plays Von Trapp's child Brigitta.

Pennell is acting in her eleventh show. Her first performance in Music Man set the stage for further performances. Last year she played a starring role in High School Musical but her favorite part was playing Miss Hannigan in Annie. Pennell will test her vocal skills as The Sound of Music is full of beautiful songs made famous by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Catherine Boyd will also be challenged but not through song. Her part as a Von Trapp child required a great deal time but she's a veteran of the stage. "There is a lot more to remember than some of the minor roles," said the 12 year old who acted in High School Musical and played three different roles in Camelot. "This is the first chance I've gotten to really discover a lot of new things about acting and I really do like it." Rehearsals have been going on since November. "It takes a lot of effort to put these shows on."

The Sound of Music was written by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse and is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Tickets can be purchased at The Greater Lake City Chamber of Commerce. For further information, contact the chamber at (843) 374-8611.

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