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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Community Theater brings beautiful story to life

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the play, “The Sound of Music,” by the Bemidji Community Theater. I attended the play with several of my grandchildren, and we all enjoyed it very much.

Our local directors, actors and stage attendants did a wonderful job of portraying the setting of the classic movie of same name by the distinguished screenplay writer, Ernest Lehman. We loved the convent scenes where Maria, the star of the show, was a postulant, studying to become a nun. The performance was very reminiscent of the scenery and atmosphere of a convent, lots of nuns, lots of praying and singing. Maria then leaves the convent to become a governess at a naval captain’s home for seven children. The children’s acting was excellent, and my grandchildren were especially attracted to those scenes. Their eyes just lit up as they took in the actions and sounds of the stage performance.

There was a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the stage during the convent scenes -- as if she were there guiding the actors. Her main role in our lives, of course, is as intercessor, pouring her son’s grace into our hearts whenever we ask for her intercession.

We were told by the director that every night of the play’s performance was a sellout -- a testament to the endurance of our collective faith and culture. I thank the Bemidji Community Theater for bringing that beautiful story to our town for all to enjoy.

Elizabeth Upgren