The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein was destined to become one of the world’s most beloved musicals. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as a governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon, they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse
“The Sound of Music” was selected to open Community Players 44th Season. The musical was originally scheduled to run only eight performances, but due to the high demand for tickets, the show was extended an additional five performances. On Monday, November 7th, the Players reported that the extra performances had been sold out. When the production closed, it was seen by 4,000 persons. Adding to this great success, it was also announced that the Community Players retired the mortgage on the Robinhood Lane Theatre that had been completed in 1962.