PCA Celebrates The Sound of Music’s 50th Anniversary

The hills are alive with the sound of Portsmouth Christian Academy’s production of The Sound of Music! The cast and crew of the performance could not be more excited for the upcoming event and their participation in the 50th anniversary celebration of its making.

Elizabeth Henry as Maria with Christian Mayoral as Captain von Trapp

The story is set in Austria during World War II, following the story of Fraulein Maria, a young nun who goes to work as a nanny for Captain Von Trapp. The Captain is a naval officer and single father of seven children, who have grown distant from him due to the pain of his late wife’s passing. Upon her arrival, Maria brings music into the house, and teaches the children how to sing, eventually winning over the heart of their father. As time passes, she and the Captain fall in love and are married, but the struggle has not yet ended. The Captain is called to return to his military duties, but despising the Nazis and what they stand for, he knows he cannot accept this position. Instead of obeying the wishes of those in power above him, he, Maria, and the children all escape (with some help from the Abbey’s nuns) over the mountains and into Switzerland.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the original Sound of Music film starring Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp.  The film earned 5 Academy Awards in its 1965 debut, and has been thought of as a classic ever since. As a part of the 50th Anniversary celebration, The Sound of Music was shown at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival on March 26 of this year, as well as a Q&A hosted by Robert Osborne with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film was also shown in more than 500 movie theaters across the U.S. from April 19 to the 22. PCA is thrilled to put on this classic musical, especially during its anniversary year.

“I was extremely excited when I found out I was Captain Von Trapp. I always have enjoyed Christopher Plummer’s portrayal of the character, and always thought of it as a fun role to play. I enjoy the singing, especially ‘Eidelweiss’ and look forward to performing it in the show,” said Christian Mayoral.

Elizabeth Henry said, “I have always loved the Sound of Music and I am thrilled to play the role of Maria! I admire her integrity and raw honesty along with her brave and adventurous personality. Being the 50th anniversary of the Sound of Music makes it even more special because there is a lot of focus on the musical such as documentaries about the making of the movie and about the true story that it’s based on.”

Come join PCA’s powerful performance and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Sound of Music on May 7, 8, and 9.  Tickets are available for $10 at the door or online.

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written by Kylie Sanborn, PCA Student