“The Sound of Music” — LRHS Theater’s production.

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A copy of the program for Leesville Road High Schools rendition of The Sound of Music. The musical starts on April 20, 2023 and ends on April 22. (Photo Courtesy of Benjamin Jacob Taylor)

This Wednesday, Leesville Road High School began performing their production of The Sound of Music starting on Wednesday the 19 and going through to Saturday, April 22. The musical has many famous songs such as “Maria”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “Do-Re-Me”, and “The Lonely Goatherd”.

Anderson Fox, who plays Maria, puts on a beautiful show with vocals so beautiful that you would not believe that she is in a high school musical. Fox was able to truly convince the audience of her love for not only the Von Trapp children but also her love for acting.

The Leesville Production brought back some great songs from the original musical such as “How Can Love Survive”, “No Way to Stop It”, and “An Ordinary Couple”. These songs, although not well known, add a glimpse into the original rendition of The Sound of Music.

The band is a key part of any musical, and in our case, we had the best of the best from our very own Alyssa Colburn’s band. The orchestra included a wide variety of instruments from piccolos to bassoons. The Leesville High School orchestra had everything it needed to make the musical great and they performed one. 

While the original play had many more signs of the impending Anschluss including a greater German pride and Swastikas, the high school rendition was able to keep all of these and make it appropriate for little kids. 

For those of you who like the songs more than anything else, the high school has been able to incorporate some of the more famous ones multiple times including “My Favorite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.”

The nuns in the musical have been able to do something truly beautiful and not commonly seen, which is singing in Latin and doing a four-part harmony.

While the actors and the actresses may be in the foreground, there is also a special group of people on stage that made this Leesville Musical better than most. That would be the 40 Crew heads and Designers that kept the hair straight, the background painted, and the costumes in order.

The set designers, although not seen on stage, had a truly influential role in creating such a beautiful scene, and they truly did succeed in their endeavor. The set designers were able to create enough sets for the four hours of the beautiful play.

The Sound of Music performed at Leesville Road High School was a great play that includes some of the less known songs, great actors, hard work and dedication to the show. With the money that a school theater group had at their disposal, they created a beautiful set and even more beautiful Musical productions. 

Overall, I give The Sound of Music by Leesville Road High School a 10 out of 10.

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