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Wheaton Drama to "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" with "The Sound of Music"

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  • James Edward Dauphin (Capt. von Trapp) and Rachelle Kates (Maria) rehearse with music director Joni Kotche for Wheaton Drama's production of "The Sound of Music".

    James Edward Dauphin (Capt. von Trapp) and Rachelle Kates (Maria) rehearse with music director Joni Kotche for Wheaton Drama's production of "The Sound of Music".
    Steven Merkel

Jo-Ann Ledger

Wheaton Drama, Inc. (WDI) is presenting "The Sound of Music". Based on the true story of the von Trapp family, this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical will be performed from November 9 to December 9 at Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale Street in downtown Wheaton, IL.

James A. Liesz is directing, assisted by Susan Carr. Joni Kotche is the musical director. Choreography is by Barbara Giblin. Amy Johnson and Rebecca Poole are the production managers. Stage management is by Bruce Ebner and Debbie Trueblood.

The cast includes: Dave Amato (Admiral von Schrieber); Jean Austin (understudy -- The Mother Abbess); Ashley Johnson Barney (The Mother Abbess); Tyler Berger (Brigetta); Alan Bolds (Franz); Cindy Bolds (Frau Schmidt); Alexandra Burkhardt (Marta); James Edward Dauphin (Captain Georg von Trapp); Teagan Earley (Liesl); Daniel Flage (Friedrich); Christian Johnson (Friend of Capt. von Trapp/Nazi Officer); Andy Kanturek (Baron Elberfeld); Julie Kanturek (Baroness Elberfeld); Rachelle Kates (Maria Rainer); Jamee Kenney (understudy -- Sister Sophia); Mitchell Kinn (Rolf); Tim Landry (Friend of Capt. von Trapp/Nazi Officer); Anna Chase Lanier (Louisa); Dawn Holt Lauber (Elsa Schraeder); Michael Lewis (Friedrich); Meg McGarry (Sister Sophia & understudy -- Maria); Diana McGrath (Marta); Faith McGrath (Gretl); Tessa Newman (Brigetta); Lillian Perez (Sister Margaretta); Fletcher Peterson (Kurt); Brock Royle (Kurt); Gwen Royle (Gretl); Vincent Scalone (Herr Zeller); Madysen Simanonis (Louisa); Luke Stephens (Rolf); Ginger Terlep (Sister Berthe); Stuart Vance (Max Detweiler); Emily Whaley (Liesl); Jim Wheeler (Friend of Capt. von Trapp/Nazi Officer).

The Nuns Chorus includes: Kelly Baessler (Postulant); Deanna Bero; Patty Blackman; Kitty Bruno; Dana Clouser; Lisa Crank; Diana Dignan; Edie Fitts; Sari Flage (Postulant); Georgia Hamilton; Jennifer Hawes; Maria Hegarty; Kailey Henderson (Postulant); Dee Hicks; Heidi Humiston; Charmaine G. Jones; Alissa Kanturek (Postulant); Julie Kanturek; Jamee Kenney; Caroline Lauber (Postulant); Kimberly Maslo; Laura Miller; Debbie Molinaro; Laura Murray; Kendall Peak; Helen Prebys (Postulant); Amy Royle; Kristin Sandy; Val Shay; Sarah Smith; Marilee Sobiecki; Sheila Zinke; Jessica Zolmierski.

"The Sound of Music" has music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Suggested by "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers". The show is licensed by R&H Theatricals. Performances are at 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays; 3pm Sundays. No show Thanksgiving Day. Tickets are $18 for Thursdays; $21 Fridays-Sundays.

Wheaton Drama's upcoming shows are: "The Good Life Café" (November 10); "It's A Wonderful Life" (radio show December 14-16); "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" (January 25-February 17, 2013); "Full Circle" (March 15-April 7, 2013 -- confirmation of rights pending); "Into the Woods" (May 17-June 9, 2013).

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