Porthouse Theatre, the outdoor, professional summer stock theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, closes its 2012 season with the Rodgers and Hammerstein favorite, “The Sound of Music.”
Evening performances are set for 8 p.m. July 27-28, July 31, Aug. 1-4 and Aug. 7-11. Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. on July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 11-12.
Many people know this uplifting family tale through the Oscar-winning film starring Julie Andrews, but the original Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical is no less celebrated and timeless.
With songs written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the musical book is written by the team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, while Ernest Lehman wrote the screenplay.
The musical originated with the book, “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers,” by Maria von Trapp. It contains many popular songs, including “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev'ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “The Lonely Goatherd” and the title song.
The production is directed by Kent resident Terri Kent, Porthouse Theatre’s well-known artistic director whose work at Porthouse includes this season’s “Damn Yankees” and previous years with “Chicago,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “The Music Man,” “Dames at Sea,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Oklahoma!”
Most recently, Kent directed “A Chorus Line” at Kent State University and “Quilters” at Weathervane Playhouse in Akron. Kent, who is a full professor, also serves as the coordinator of the musical theatre program for the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State.
Kent teams up with music director Jonathan Swoboda, who often serves as a featured keyboard artist for Mannheim Steamroller. Swoboda has served as music director for more than 75 theatres and touring companies. He also served as resident music director at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California. He is currently on faculty at Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance.
MaryAnn Black, Porthouse Theatre’s assistant artistic director, serves as choreographer.
Lizzie Robinson, production stage manager, has worked at Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House and Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy in Washington, D.C.
The production team is made up of Kent State alumni all coming back to their alma mater. Scenic design is by Nolan O’Dell, who lives in Florida and works at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts; lighting design is by T.C. Kouyeas Jr., who is now a professor at Frostburg State University in Maryland; costume design is by Sarah Russell, who serves as faculty at Ashland University; and sound design is by Brian Chismar, a recent Kent State graduate of the School of Theatre and Dance theatre technology program.
The cast is made up of 26 actors, four of them members of Actors’ Equity Association, not to mention an ensemble of sisters made up in part by the Porthouse Theatre College Academy members.
Single tickets range from $25 to $33 for adults and seniors and $17 to $20 for students. The box office is located in Kent State’s Music and Speech Center. The box office accepts personal checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Tickets also are available by calling 330-672-3884 or 330-672-2497, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by visiting www.porthousetheatre.com to purchase online. Special rates for groups of 20 or more are available, as are student rates.
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