The two-act musical involved a cast and crew of 50 NPHS students and a live 14-piece pit orchestra. The production included 18 musical numbers, including the “The Sound of Music”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “The Lonely Goatherd”, and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”.
Students that played major roles included Seniors Katie Piper as Maria, Mason Hakes as Captain Von Trapp, Rebecca Anderson as the Mother Abbess, Jared Akers as Rolf, Benn Gober as Max Detweiler, and Samantha Johnston as Elsa. The Von Trapp children will be played by Seniors Jessica Anderson and Joseph Miller, Sophomores Luke Simons, Anna Robins, Corrinne Justice, and Madison Ludwig, and third grader Emma Perry. Other key nuns are played by Sophomores Jennah Ludwig, Samantha Hytry, and Heidi Olson. Tryouts were held and rehearsals began in November.
“The musical is a school and community endeavor that continues to grow each year. The cast rehearsed each school day for two and a half hours since November 2013. The students gave up weekend time with Saturday rehearsals. Our pit orchestra rehearsed twice a week since December 2013. We are lucky to have supportive community members, and local business owners that donate their time, along with many parents who volunteer for supervision, selling tickets, ushering, and making costumes. Through these productions, students learn to step outside of themselves to appreciate other perspectives and work together toward a common goal, all while being exposed to the amazing world of theatre production,” adds Janssen.
Key persons in production included technical director Mr. Jeff Janssen, lighting designer Morgan Munnik, sound manager Gabby Galbreath, prop manager Cayla Tennikait, stage manager Teddy Karlovich, and an additional crew of students on scene changes, hair, and make-up. The Pit Orchestra included Mrs. Laura Plank, piano, Jack Misina, keyboard, Ms. Cindy Nelson, violin, Mrs. Martha Milanowski, viola, Mr. Jim Schwanke, flute, Mrs. Rachel Strong, clarinet, Abel Lifschutz, Bassoon, Mr. Forrest Mann, trumpet, Eddie Stevens, trumpet and french horn, Walker Levan and Mrs. Carie Kluever, trombone, Matt McGill, tuba, and Mike Wade, percussion.