For me, community theatre is a place where I can temporarily retreat from daily life into a world that is distinctly "other. " Here we create - and for a time live in - an alternate reality. How fortunate we are to present that reality as entertainment to friends and family who fill our audiences. The hardworking volunteers that make up the Actorsingers theatre group are champions of this escape. They work remarkably hard to sustain a place where designers, actors, and technicians can come together to build something unique – and present the results to you. Our common goal is that for a few hours of your time, you too can transcend to that “other” place where life is enchanting, obstacles seem impossible, and life is both heartbreaking and heroic.
As the director, the greatest challenge with The Sound of Music is to present the beloved musical in a way that is honest to the script and yet finds new elements in the story to keep it fresh. One such element we added is the song “Something Good” which was not in the original stage play, but was added in the movie. This song is one of the new elements that I personally love. The placement of the songs “The Lonely Goatherd” and “Favorite Things” were switched for more dramatic impact and because it also creates an extra element of fun. We chose to shorten some reprises to shorten the show. The von Trapp house was made as an exterior set which provides more levels to play upon and allows faster (and fewer) scene changes. I would go on but I don’t want spoil anything else for you.
Tonight, please join the Actorsingers as we shift to pre-World War II Austria to meet Maria, the von Trapp family, all of the Nuns and the Nazis that become the The Sound of Music. If you find that you fall in love with the von Trapp children, Georg, Maria, and the wonderful music in this show – please look around you. I expect you will be among friends.
Joe L. Vago, Director
Dedicated to the memory of Vivian J. Vago