See The Sound of Music in Longview



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ArtsView Children’s Theatre in Longview is alive with the sound of music. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp family during the time of World War II, The Sound of Music is a Rogers & Hammerstein favorite and the world’s most beloved musical. Performances of this heartwarming production run Thursday through Sunday November 21- 24. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the family adventures of the seven Von Trapp children, their father, the Captain, and Maria, their governess.

Maria, a postulant in the beginning, proves too high-spirited for religious life and is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of the widowed naval Captain Georg Von Trapp. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the children and their father. As the story unfolds, the Nazis demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s harrowing adventure on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.

Just as the Von Trapp family performed together on stage, several ArtsView families are also performing together in The Sound of Music. One entire family from Kilgore, the Armours, is working together on stage and back stage, too. Dad Phil and son Judah are actors; mom Mindy is stage manager, and their daughter Rachel is an apprentice.  Other cast families include Lowell Irving and his daughter Chelsea from Kilgore; Tony Raymond and his son Austin from Gladewater; Viveca Deanes and her daughter Treasure from Mt. Pleasant; Sue Olson, her daughter Rebecca, and son Nathan from Longview; Julie Woods and her daughter Elle from Longview; and Dana Huber and her daughter Annabelle from Longview. Families are what The Sound of Music and ArtsView are all about.

Under the direction of the Texas Shakespeare Festival’s Jason Richards, this production features performers from Longview and the surrounding areas including Kilgore, Gladewater, Tyler, and Mt. Pleasant. Cindy Perkins and Brad Echols return to the ArtsView stage as the effervescent Maria and the reserved Captain Von Trapp. The Von Trapp children are played by Chelsea Irving as Liesl, Isaac Grimes as Friedrich, Caroline Curfman as Louisa, Brandon Fugler as Kurt, Olivia Orren as Brigitta, Azriel Pilcher as Marta, and Caroline Mason as Gretl. Joey Lindsay is Musical Director, along with Cody Bowen as Technical Director, Micah Goodding as Set & Scenic Designer, ‘Fro’ Horner as Lighting Designer, Paige Feldhauser as Make-up & Hair Designer, April McFall as Costume Designer, and Kimberly O’Brien as Properties Designer. Jon & Angela Wright are proud sponsors of The Sound of Music. ArtsView Children’s Theatre wishes to thank the City of Longview/Cultural Activities Advisory Commission and Gregg County for their support of this production.

Similar to the Von Trapp family, some families in the Longview area find themselves facing the crisis of homelessness. Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network assists these families and their children and helps them regain their self-sufficiency.  During production of The Sound of Music, ArtsView Children's Theatre is proud to partner with LIHN. The cast, crew, and production team of The Sound of Music are set to be part of LIHN's fall fundraiser, Cardboard Box City, 2013.

ArtsView will provide evening refreshments and entertainment to the "residents" of the cardboard box city on the evening of November 15.  In addition, the guests and staff of LIHN are invited to a special performance of The Sound of Music.

Patrons and community members are invited to participate in ArtsView’s partnership with LIHN during The Sound of Music by donating disposable diapers for the use of the LIHN families. Please bring new, unopened packages of any size disposable diapers to ArtsView at 313 West Tyler Street, Monday-Friday, 9AM-1PM, or to any of The Sound of Music performances November 21-24.

All performances of The Sound of Music are at Longview Community Center, 500 East Whaley Street, downtown Longview. The show opens at 7 p.m. November 21 with additional evening performances November 22 and 23. Matinees are held Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Saturday matinee is preceded by a pre-show performance of the ArtsView Bravo Players at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 online, $18 at the door.  Purchase at www.artsviewchildrenstheatre.com.

For more information on this production and to find out more about the 2013 Season or PATHS – (Performing Arts Theatre School) visit www.artsviewchildrenstheatre.com.

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