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updated: 11/8/2012 3:17 PM

'Sound of Music' coming to Wheaton Drama

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By Jo-Ann Ledger
Wheaton Drama submission

Wheaton Drama Inc. is bringing two feel-good shows to theater audiences in November.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "The Sound of Music" opens Friday, Nov. 9, at Wheaton Drama's Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton.

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"It is a heartwarming story filled with familiar songs that people love to both sing and listen to over and over again," Director Jim Liesz said. The show includes favorites such as "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and "My Favorite Things."

The self-discovery, love, humor, hope, and strength in adversity seen in "The Sound of Music" have made the show very popular, he said.

Liesz and his production staff won't be surprised if there are repeat visits from audiences, especially because a number of the roles have been double cast. Performance schedules were planned to allow the principal actors and understudies time in the spotlight during the five-weekend run.

"We have a brilliantly talented cast assembled, almost 70 strong, to allow our audiences to relive the splendor of the Austrian Alps," Liesz said.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 9; though there is no show Thanksgiving Day. Tickets are $18 Thursdays, $21 weekends. For details, visit wheatondrama.org or call (630) 260-1820 to purchase tickets.

Smaller in scale than "The Sound of Music" is Jenna Eisenberg's one-woman show, "The Good Life Cafe," performed at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Playhouse 111.

"The Good Life Cafe" takes audiences on an entertaining journey of discovery in Eisenberg's self-scripted tale of realizing dreams and taking action.

"You will meet a Midwestern teacher, a French chef, an outrageous New Yorker and a Jewish grandmother," she says. "They each share themselves through story, song and humor. This is a show that will make you laugh, make you cry and make you think."

A portion of the ticket sales from "The Good Life Cafe" will benefit the People's Resource Center. Tickets are $10.

Wheaton Drama's 2012-13 season also includes "It's A Wonderful Life -- Radio Show" (Dec. 14-16); "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" (Jan. 25-Feb. 17); "Full Circle" (March 15-April 7); and "Into the Woods" (May 17-June 9).

In addition to regular performances, an education program for young people begins in January.

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