“The Sound of Music” opens at The Candlelight Pavilion

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TSOMCLAREMONT, CA – The Candlelight Pavilion is proud to bring back what is undoubtedly the most beloved musical of all time, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. The story is a timeless one: Maria joins the von Trapp family as a governess, only to find that Captain von Trapp’s militaristic ways have left his seven children sorely lacking in warmth and love. While Maria teaches the children to sing and play, she begins to become the mother they were so sorely lacking, and the Captain begins to see her in an entirely different light. Based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, many songs from the musical have become standards, such as “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the title song, “The Sound of Music.”

                The idea behind The Sound of Music came after Vincent Donehue, director and friend of Mary Martin, saw the 1956 German film named The Trapp Family. Donehue felt that Maria would be a perfect role for Mary Martin. The Sound of Music was originally set to be a stage play; however the producers later changed their minds and decided to collaborate with Rodgers and Hammerstein to create the musical. Details were changed from history to create the storyline based on the Von Trapp Family who left Austria to live in the United States. The 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. The most famous adaptation of the story was the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer which would win five Academy Awards that year. The Sound of Music was the last musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

                Stage and Musical Direction for The Sound of Music is by Douglas Austin, current director of Citrus Singers at Citrus College in Glendora, CA with Choreography by Ann Myers. The talented cast includes Sarah Elizabeth Combs (Maria Rainer), Jody Orrison (Sister Sophia/Frau Zeller), Valerie Jasso (Sister Berthe/Frau Schmidt), Kate Lee (Sister Margaretta/Baroness Elberfeld), Kim Blake (The Mother Abbess), John LaLonde (Captain Georg von Trapp), and Steven Biggs (Franz, the Butler). The Von Trapp Children include Courtney Cheatham (Leisl), Ross DeLong and Matthew Funke splitting the role (Friedrich), Katie Ochoa (Louisa), Brennley Brown and Haven Watts splitting the role (Brigitta), Wyatt Larrabee and Nathan Lightfoot splitting the role (Kurt), Jenna Heskin and Brooklyn Vizcarra (Marta), Alison Bradbard and Sequoia Valverde splitting the role (Gretl), with Zack Crocker (Rolf Gruber), Dimyana Pelev (Elsa Shraeder), Frank Minano (Max Detweiler), John Nisbet (Herr Zeller), and Robert Meyer (Baron Elberfeld/Admiral Schreiber).

                The Sound of Music opens February 8th at the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater. Tickets are available by calling (909) 626-1254, ext 1. Regular ticket prices range from $53-$68 which includes both dinner and show. The Candlelight Pavilion is proud to announce its flexible payment plans to all Season ticket holders; save 10% on season tickets when you book as few as four shows.   For more information regarding the 2013 season line-up and ticketing, please visit us online at www.thecpdt.com.


Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Book by Howard Lindsay & Russell Crouse. Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. Stage and Musical Direction by Douglas Austin, with Choreography by Ann Myers for the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater.


Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711. Parking is available surrounding the theater.


February 8th-March 24th. Thursday-Saturday evenings at 6pm. Sunday evenings at 5pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 11am.


$53-$68. $25 for children 12 and under. Ticket price includes meal, show and sales tax. Appetizers, desserts, beverages and waiter’s gratuity are additional within the theater.

RESERVATIONS: (909)626-1254 ext. 1

ONLINE RESERVATIONS: www.candlelightpavilion.com