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On the ‘Sound’ stage: BCT to present ‘The Sound of Music’

Julie Kaiser, playing Mother Abbess, rehearses Monday with Mary Anderson, playing Maria, in Bemidji Community Theater's "The Sound of Music." (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 2
Capt. von Trapp’s children are played by Hannah Rogers, Jacob Riggs, Maggie Loxtercamp, Nadia Yliniemi, Caleb Anderson, Clara-Anderson-Cameron and Kelli Carlson in Bemidji Community Theater's "The Sound of Music." (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer) 2 / 2

BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Community Theater will produce the ever-popular “The Sound of Music” this weekend, and the next, at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Shows will run Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-18.

Maria, played by Mary Anderson, a young postulant at Nonnberg Abbey, is sent to serve as a nanny to Capt. von Trapp, played by Chuck Deeter, and his seven children, who will be played by Hannah Rogers, Jacob Riggs, Maggie Loxtercamp, Nadia Yliniemi, Caleb Anderson, Clara-Anderson-Cameron and Kelli Carlson. The children have a history of playing tricks on their governesses, but they soon come to realize she is genuinely interested in their well-being. The captain leaves the children in her care, only to learn that they have made a spectacle of themselves. He fires her but recants when he overhears them singing one of her songs. They

soon come to realize a connection exists between them, but afraid she has broken her vows, Maria returns to the Abbey only to be confronted by Mother Abbess, played by Julie Kaiser, who tells her she must return to discover the life she is meant to live.

On her return, Maria learns the Captain is engaged to Elsa Schraeder, played by Lori Roed, but Elsa, realizing the Captain is really in love with Maria, breaks their engagement. Maria and the Captain confess their love and are married; Germany annexes Austria and a telegram arrives demanding the Captain take a post with the German navy. Faced with this ultimatum, the Captain decides the family needs to leave Austria as soon as possible.

Arrangements are made for them to compete at the Kaltzberg Festival, but just before the awards presentation, the von Trapps sneak out and the nuns hide them in the abbey. The family heads to the Swiss border to begin their climb through the Alps to freedom.

A cast of 51 with an additional 13-member children’s choir will provide pre-show entertainment.

“The Sound of Music” will be directed by Mary Knox-Johnson with vocal direction by Karen Bradley and Julie Loxtercamp.Accompanists are Nila Bassett and Carol L. Johnson.

The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 19 at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW, in Bemidji.

A special talk-back event will be held after the matinee on Sunday, Nov. 12, for the audience to interact with the cast and crew regarding the production. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for children and may be purchased at Iverson Corner Drug or Ken K. Thompson Jewelry.

Bemidji Community Theater will also host a special fundraiser, Vene and Friends, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the theater. Tickets will be $10 and may be purchased at Iverson Corner Drug or Ken K. Thompson Jewelry. The community is welcome to join Joe Vene and Karen Bradley and their guests as they celebrate Bemidji Community Theater with a medley of musical selections.

The cast and crew will also be collecting new and used children’s books for their “Playing it Forward, Project Literacy” program. They are in need of 3,000-plus books that will be given away to every child in attendance at their spring production of “The Elves and the Shoemaker” in April. Books may be dropped off at Gallery North, 310 Fourth St. NW, Monday through Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or at the theater during the run of the show.

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