Lubbock Christian University will be presenting Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3 in the McDonald Moody Auditorium. Two additional performances will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
A sing-a-long and photo opportunity with lead members of the cast will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 12:30 p.m. for children. Tickets are $10 per child. Adults with children may attend for free.
Dr. Don Williams, a professor of communications and theatre and director of graduate studies, said “The Sound of Music” was chosen because it is a wonderful family show and that there was enough personnel to do the show.
In fact, the show will be running with a “blue and white” cast. This means that the major roles, such as Maria and Captain Von Trapp, will be played by different people on each night.
Auditions and casting for the production began during LCU’s Spring 2014 semester. Once the roles had been filled, the cast members were given CDs of some of the chorus numbers and solos to practice and memorize over the summer.
“We have a narrow window for this production because we start school on Aug. 25 and we’re doing this show in five weeks, when it normally takes six to eight weeks for a musical,” Williams said.
And, while past LCU productions have used projections as a major part of the stage set, this year’s set uses two side stages, one for the garden and one for Mother Abbess’ office, and one main stage in the center. A pulley system will be used to pull the drop in and out.
Several students have helped build and paint the stage construction since the beginning of the semester.
This is the first year children have been cast since LCU’s production of “Carousel” in 2010. Two of the children have siblings playing in the lead roles.
Williams said that the hardworking group, including Director Dr. Laurie Doyle, has been enjoyable to work with, and, he believes the production will be a success.