The Barnstable High School Drama Club will be presenting The Sound of Music on March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29, 2014. The appeal of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical spans generations, with some recalling the legendary Mary Martin on Broadway in the 1950s, others Julie Andrews in the 1964 movie, and still others Carrie Underwood on the recent live television presentation. The cast, crew, and musicians, of the BHSDC, over 150 strong, ranging from elementary students to faculty members, are looking forward to being a part of that unique tradition.
BHS Drama Club advisor Ed O’Toole says, “The Sound of Music has become a cultural icon that everyone knows, and that we tend to take for granted, simply accepting that it’s great. But it’s more than simply a collection of catchy melodies and upbeat songs. The stage version contains two numbers that didn’t make it into the movie, and both capture the tension and the anxieties of the Austrians in the late 1930s, who were living under the looming threat of the Third Reich.
“Those songs, while certainly not as bitter as some of the songs in a musical like Cabaret, are tinged with a grimsense of reality,” O’Toole says. Assistant director Matt Kohler, a Drama Club alumnus (Class of ’08), remarked, “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s shows are not all lollipops and moonbeams, and this show is no exception. There are a few frightening moments on that stage that remind us of a harrowing time in history.”
As usual, the BHS Drama Club relies on a stalwart group of regulars behind the scenes for everything from costumes to construction. However, this year, in a change that O’Toole calls “a great step forward,” the BHS Music Department is working hand-in-hand with the Drama Club. BHS music teacher Marcia Wytrwal is serving as Vocal Director and David Schroeter, Barnstable Schools Music Director, will be conducting the orchestra, which includes 41 BHS music students.
“Marcia and Dave are the backbone of the show,” O’Toole says. “The kids love them, and all they do is work hard and then keep working even harder. Their dedication is a great example for the students. This kind of collaboration within the school is a great advantage we have here.
“There’s a real buzz about this show,” O’Toole added, noting that “we started getting reservations about a month ago, and more are coming in every day. We can’t wait to see everyone there.”
The Sound of Music opens March 20 at 7 PM. Other performances are on March 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 7 PM and March 22 and 29 at 2 PM. All seats are $10. Reservations are definitely recommended and can be made by calling the Barnstable High School Drama Club at (508) 771-6246.