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The Sound of Music Opens at Moorestown High School Friday Night

The show runs July 11-13, 16, 18 and 19 in the high school auditorium.

Lauren Parsons as Maria (center), with members of The Sound of Music cast, (L to R): Erin Gallagher, Cambria Klein, Colleen Young, Danny McGilloway, Betty Florio, Patrick Hartshorne, and Isobel Newell. (Photo provided by MoorArts)
Lauren Parsons as Maria (center), with members of The Sound of Music cast, (L to R): Erin Gallagher, Cambria Klein, Colleen Young, Danny McGilloway, Betty Florio, Patrick Hartshorne, and Isobel Newell. (Photo provided by MoorArts)
With singing nuns, villainous Nazis, and two sets of feisty young von Trapps, MoorArts is all set for opening night of the non-profit’s 16th summer musical, The Sound of Music, July 11-13, 16, 18 and 19 on the stage of the Moorestown High School Auditorium.

The 36-member cast (ages 9-60) of noted performers from across the region, and a live 24-piece pit orchestra will fill the auditorium with the extraordinary score from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final collaboration. 

Showtimes: 8 p.m. July 11, 12, 16, 18, 19; 7 p.m. July 13; and 2 p.m. matinees July 13 and 19.  Reserved seating tickets, $8-15, can be purchased online at www.MoorArts.org and at the door.  Call 609-929-5596 for ticket information.

 

Veteran director Al Fuchs is uniquely qualified to lead the cast—from childhood until his 30s, he has had the opportunity to play almost every male role in The Sound of Music (SOM).

Fuchs first stepped on the SOM stage at age 10 as Kurt von Trapp, eventually touring in that role, and is thrilled to direct the show that he knows so well. 

He explains, “This is a show that touches every generation—almost everyone knows the lyrics.  I was inspired by the fact that it is based on a true story—and even had the chance to meet Maria Trapp while vacationing at the Trapp villa.”

In an effort to give more budding performers a chance to shine, Fuchs double cast the youngest members of the cast and is carefully guiding each one for their moments in the spotlight. 

As he has demonstrated, their performances could be just the beginning of a lifelong involvement with the show.

This year, MoorArts is excited to broaden accessibility to guests with special needs during an enhanced version of the SOM performance for the July 19 matinee. 

Accommodations include ASL interpretation, touch tour before performance, sensory/quiet area, family bathroom and more provided by experts in the field of special needs. Visit www.MoorArts.org for more information.

MoorArts is a non-profit arts advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the arts in schools and throughout the community.  As with all MoorArts events, proceeds from The Sound of Music fund student scholarships and teacher grants in the fine and performing arts.  Learn more at www.MoorArts.org

--Press release from MoorArts

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