When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as 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
Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
“The Sound of Music” was a revival for Community Players. The first production was the opening show of the 1966-1967 season. During the intermission, the orchestra, under the direction of Mark Victor, played a sampling of authentic Austrian music such as may have been heard in the vicinity used as the play’s setting and which was still performed there as of 1985. On the front page of the entertainment section of the November 10, 1985 Sunday Pantagraph, a color wedding photograph of the Captain Von Trapp family announced the opening of the show for later that week. The show was a critical and financial success.