November 9, 2022-January 15, 2023
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One of the most beloved musicals of all time and a holiday favorite, The Sound of Music has enchanted audiences for more than 50 years.

Nominated for 9 Tony Awards, and Winner of Best Musical

When carefree nun-in-training Maria is sent by her convent to be the governess of seven children, she finds herself unexpectedly questioning her choices in life and falling in love with the children’s stern father, all the while the events of World War II play out in the background. One of the most beloved musicals of all time and a holiday favorite, The Sound of Music has enchanted audiences for more than 50 years. Experience it for the first time or all over again at Paramount Theatre, where our lobby will be decked out in Christmas decorations, including a two-story Christmas tree.

Suggested for ages 5+, includes some discriminatory language, depiction of Nazis and images of swastikas. Click here for classroom materials.

Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE

The Sound of Music is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.

Director’s notes

As I was preparing to go into rehearsal for this show, I was reminded of the story of the lyrics to “Edelweiss.” The Broadway musical came before the beloved and iconic film. The show was in its out of town tryout before the transfer to Broadway, when the team felt that there needed to be another song for the Captain to bid farewell to his Austria. Richard Rodgers wrote the music and Oscar Hammerstein II, the lyrics. The music came first and when asked for the lyrics, Hammerstein, who at the time was very ill from stomach cancer, allowed the beautiful, yet simple words to “Edelweiss” to emerge. It was the last song the duo would ever write together.

In one of his darkest times, Hammerstein wrote a song of hope, resilience, determination and love. It is a timely reminder to us all that love and beauty will forever “bloom and grow” out of the dark and cold.

It is always a daunting task to direct these iconic stories at the holidays, especially one that has been shared and experienced by multiple generations and holds certain expectations from many entering through the theatre doors. However, as I watched the movie with my five-year-old daughter, I was reminded that there is a whole generation that this story will be completely new to, and I am inspired to share this beautiful musical with them.

I ask that you allow yourself to release any preconceived notions of what you think of this musical. Please hear this show as if you have never heard it before. Although this piece was written 63 years ago about events that happened 84 years ago, the story feels as contemporary and poignant as ever in our current world.

Thank you for supporting live theatre as we continue to emerge from when our doors were closed and our stages were dark. The artists, artisans and staff of the theatre are very much like the edelweiss of the mountains, blooming out of the dark with new life, vibrancy, determination, resilience, love and radical appreciation to continue to create beauty together in the world.

-Amber Mak, Director

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Meet the Team

Cast

Alicia Kaori *

Maria Rainer, a Postulan at Nonnberg Abbey

Making their Paramount debut

Christopher Kale Jones *

Captain Georg von Trapp

Making their Paramount debut

Susan Moniz *

The Mother Abess

Making their Paramount debut

Rengin Altay *

Frau Schmidt, the Housekeeper

Making their Paramount debut

Julia Aragon

Liesl

Making their Paramount debut

Michael Ehlers *

Admiral von Schreiber

previously in Legally Blonde, Elf, The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, Newsies, and Rock of Ages

Sophie Grimm *

Sister Margaretta, Mistress of Postulants

previously in The Sound of Music, Groundhog Day, Legally Blonde, and Les Misèrables

Michael Harp

Rolf Gruber

Previously in A Christmas Story

Josh Houghton *

Herr Zeller

Making their Paramount debut

Emilie Lynn *

Elsa Schraeder

previously in Miss Saigon, Hair, My Fair Lady and Kinky Boots

Ron E. Rains *

Franz, the Butler

previously in The Producers, Cabaret and Beauty and the Beast

Stephen Schellhardt *

Max Detweiler

previously in Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, and Fun Home

Ava Barabasz

Gretl

Making their Paramount debut

Avelyn Choi

Marta

Making their Paramount debut

Genevieve Jane

Brigitta

previously in The Sound of Music

Milla Liss

Brigitta

Previously in Fun Home

Charlie Long

Kurt

previously in School of Rock and The Sound of Music

Savannah Lumar

Marta

previously in The Sound of Music

Maddie Morgan

Louisa

Making their Paramount debut

Gage Richey

Friedrich

Making their Paramount debut

Kara Rivera

Louisa

Making their Paramount Debut

Ezekiel Ruiz

Kurt

Previously in The Secret of My Success, and Fun Home

Lena Soszynski

Gretl

Making their Paramount debut

Brody Tyner

Friedrich

Making their Paramount debut

Michael Kingston

Baron Elberfeld

previously in Cinderella, Hairspray, and Groundhog Day

Liz Pazik *

Sister Berthe, Mistress of Novices

Previously in Music Man

Lexie Bailey

Ensemble

previously in Little Shop of Horrors, The Sound of Music, and Rock of Ages

Rodrigo Ignacio Cruz *

Ensemble

Making their Paramount debut

Adam Fane *

Ensemble

previously in Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, The Producers, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia, Hairspray and Mary Poppins

Margot Frank

Ensemble

Making their Paramount debut

Carisa Gonzalez

Ensemble

previously in Kinky Boots, Rock of Ages, Groundhog Day and The Secret of My Success

Jake DiMaggio Lopez

Ensemble

previously in The Sound of Music

Maggie Malaney

Ensemble

Previously in Rock of Ages

Luke Nowakowski

Ensemble

Previously in Fun Home

Maya Rowe

Ursula

Making their Paramount debut

Nellie Shuford

Baroness Elberfeld

previously in The Sound of Music

Shelbi Voss

Ensemble

previously in The Sound of Music, Kinky Boots, Cinderella and Dreamgirls

Emerson Mae Chan

u/s Gretl

Making their Paramount debut

Juliana Filapek

u/s Louisa

previously in The Wizard of Oz

Layla Joan

u/s Brigitta, u/s Marta

Making their Paramount debut

Kirin Pauline

u/s Friedrich

Making their Paramount debut

Elias Totleben

u/s Kurt

previously in The Sound of Music

Artistic Team

Kory Danielson

Music Director/ Conductor

Jeffrey D. Kmiec

Scenic Designer

Theresa Ham

Costume Designer

José Santiago

Lighting Designer

Adam Rosenthal

Sound Designer

Katie Cordts

Wig, Hair, and Makeup Designer

Jesse Gaffney

Properties Designer

Jesse has been designing and managing the props dept since 2018. Her favorite Paramount productions include Beauty and the BeastNewsiesKinky Boots and Sweat. Previously, she worked as the Assistant Props Supervisor at the Goodman Theatre for two seasons. Jesse also worked freelance in Chicago as a props master with Victory Gardens, Silk Road, Theater Wit, Lookingglass, Northlight, and Lifeline theater companies, among others. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. Get a behind the scenes look at the magic in the Paramount Prop Shop on Instagram @paramountpropshop.

Ethan Deppe

Electronic Music Designer

Susan Gosdick

Dialect Coach

Peter Ruiz

Dramaturg

Trent Stork

Casting Director

Daniel J Hanson *

Stage Manager

Erin Nicole Eggers *

Assistant Stage Manager

Matthew Silar *

Assistant Stage Manager

Jamie Anderson

Associate Director

Lexie Bailey

Associate Choreographer

previously in Little Shop of Horrors, The Sound of Music, and Rock of Ages

Kailey Rockwell

Associate Music Director/Associate Conductor

* indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
† indicates member of United Scenic Artists (USA)
‡ indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

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