SAS Players Present ‘The Sound of Music’

Arts & Entertainment

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is proud to present a community production of “The Sound of Music,” Feb. 7–9 at McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. The cast of 30 and crew of 14 are under the direction of theater director Chelsea Padro and musical director J.R. Ankney. Cast members include SAS and Sewanee Elementary School students, SAS faculty members, and one SAS parent. 

Morgan Phares (Pensacola, Fla.) stars as Maria with Isabella Randolph (Sewanee) in the role of Mother Abbess. Captain von Trapp is played by Justus Averbeck (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany). George Meng (Shanghai, China) is Rolf, Maddie Jones (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) is Elsa Schraeder, and Archie Clarkson (Arden, N.C.) is Max Detweiler. The von Trapp children are played by Kendale James, Sean Bridgers-Carlos, Eliza Griffey, Kayson James, Lily Camp, Sadie Camp, and Beatrice Pate. SAS faculty members appearing in the show are Tracy Randolph, Thomas Priestley, the Rev. Molly Short, and Peggy Ankney. Aaron Bridgers-Carlos ’83 returns to the SAS stage in a supporting role. 

The musical is based on the “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers,” a memoir by Maria von Trapp. Music is by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The book is by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Set in Austria in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and their widowed father, Captain von Trapp, and helps to bring music back to their lives. When Captain von Trapp is ordered to accept a commission in the German Navy, he and Maria decide to flee Austria with the children. Popular songs from the musical include “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” and “Do-Re-Mi.”

Performances are Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved online at <> or at the door at the time of the performance.