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June 12, 2014

The hills are alive in Andover

ACT Theater Co. performs 'Sound of Music' for Father's Day Weekend

Captain Von Trapp will receive a proper Father’s Day salute as ACT Theater Company presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” at West Middle School Auditorium in Andover this weekend.

“This show is one of the most beloved movies and musicals of all time,” said Director Charles Gracy.

“It’s kind of a rite of passage for anyone into musical theater,” added Cara Kennedy, who is the producer as well as one of the actors. “I’m a nun. We call ourselves the nun-semble. We sing a lot of Latin. It’s challenging, but the music’s beautiful, so it’s fun.”

More than 100 local children and teens came out to vie for a role as one of seven Von Trapp children – a record number of young people auditioning for a show with ACT. In the end, they cast 23 of children: The Von Trapp children are double cast, each performing in two of the four shows. There are 18 adults in the cast as well.

Four Andover families will be on stage together.

The Days are mother, Julie, performing alongside her 16-year-old triplet daughters Kristina, Elizabeth and Taylor. The Coppola family performs for the first time together, with dad, Phil, joining daughter Gianna, 11, for his theater debut. The Jones family features mom, Lisa, and son Andrew, 11. Finally, the McCarrons have mom Laurenand daughter Alison, 16, in their first stage show together.

Kennedy said that there’s more to the show than the audience might realize if they’ve only seen the classic film.

“There’s a lot more interaction between the Baroness and Max. They have two songs together -- in the movie they don’t actually sing at all. They’re very prominent, but I don’t think they have the same dimension as in the stage version.”

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