The Sound of Music is about as wholesome as it gets when it comes to theatrical entertainment. This iconic production, while perhaps a bit corny by today’s standards, has a way of winning over even the most cynical theatregoers with its classic melodies and uplifting spirit.
It is playing at the Beef & Boards Theatre now through June 30, 2013 on the city’s north side.
Written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music debuted on Broadway in 1959. But it was the 1965 film adaptation that made it one of the most popular movie musicals in history, even surpassing Gone With the Wind as the leading box office hit of all-time. Of course, that was a long time ago.
The story follows a good-natured, albeit somewhat flighty nun named Maria Rainer, who all-too-frequently misses her morning prayers because she just can’t resist the urge to go to the hills and sing. The head nun, Mother Abbess, decides she’s had enough. In response to a letter from the widowed Captain Von Trapp for a governess, she sends Maria off to oversee his seven children. Von Trapp is a very stern and aloof man. His seven children are quite mischievous and only serve to remind him of his decreased wife. But Maria has a way about her, and in the end, manages to win the heart of the children and the captain. But their world comes crashing down when the Nazis take control of Germany. You’ll have to watch the play to find out how it ends, in case you don’t already know.
The role of Maria Rainer is played by Cara Statham Serber, an actress from Dallas Texas. Actor David Schmittou plays the role of Captain Von Trapp. Suzanne Stark, who has played several roles on the Beef and Boards stage over the past 30 years, returns to play the role of Mother Abbess.
- Playing now through June 30, 2013
- Location: Beef and Boards Theatre, 9301 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268
- Tel. 317-872-9664