“The Sound Of Music” in Ponoka

Under the superb leadership of director Kevin Ferguson and musical director Althea Lewis, more than 30 singers, actors, dancers and

Under the superb leadership of director Kevin Ferguson and musical director Althea Lewis, more than 30 singers, actors, dancers and musicians are busy with rehearsals for another Broadway extravaganza in our community.

“I’m truly amazed at the level of talent of our cast” says Erna Marburg, director of costumes and chief coordinator. “I thought we had reached the best possible in our production last year of Fiddler on the Roof, but once again we’re at a new high in terms of acting and singing abilities. It blows me away.”

It is 1938 and Captain von Trapp (played by Kevin Debree) faces the dilemma of standing true to his principle of loyalty to his beloved Austria, or capitulating to the inevitable advances of Nazi Germany.

Meanwhile, his personal life is no less complicated. After the death of his wife, he is pursued by wealthy widow Elsa Schraeder (Lori Gartner) but the Captain has misgivings. His 7 children have taken a strong liking to their new governess, Sister Maria (Megan Sweet), who seems somewhat unsuited to the life of a nun. She brings music back into the captain’s house, and before returning to the convent Maria makes a passionate plea to the captain, for him to re-connect and show his love to the children. Come and see how it all turns out.

“People will love seeing this perennial favourite on stage at the Ponoka United Church” says director Ferguson “and they’ll be humming these familiar and wonderful Rogers & Hammerstein songs for a long time afterwards”. Tickets for dinner + show, or show-only are available from Oct. 15 by calling 783-4087. Performances run on weekends from Nov. 29 through Dec. 15.

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