The Sound of Music Fills the Palm
by Marta Tarbell
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THE POWER OF SONG – The motherless von Trapp children, played by, left to right, Zane Jackson (Kurt), Kira Ptak (Marta), Annika Westman (Brigitta) and Justus Tudor (Gretl) learn to sing with their new nanny, Maria (Amy Vanderbosch), in the Telluride Repertory Theatre/Telluride Choral Society’s producton of <i>The Sound of Music</i>. Showtime 7 p.m., tonight through Sunday, at the Palm Theatre. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost
THE POWER OF SONG – The motherless von Trapp children, played by, left to right, Zane Jackson (Kurt), Kira Ptak (Marta), Annika Westman (Brigitta) and Justus Tudor (Gretl) learn to sing with their new nanny, Maria (Amy Vanderbosch), in the Telluride Repertory Theatre/Telluride Choral Society’s producton of The Sound of Music. Showtime 7 p.m., tonight through Sunday, at the Palm Theatre. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost
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Telluride’s Repertory Theatre and the Choral Society Team Up for an Unforgettable Production

TELLURIDE – As the lights dim and the Telluride Repertory Theatre’s production of The Sound of Music (onstage at the Michael Palm Theatre tonight through Sunday, March 29, each night at 7 p.m.) begins, the audience is transported to dusk in an ancient Austrian abbey, where nuns bearing candles slowly mount the stage, their voices soaring in a hauntingly beautiful psalm.

It’s an intoxicating beginning for an uplifting rendition of the classic musical featuring a cast lifted from the realm of everyday life here in the Telluride region.

The Nazi-supporting Herr Zeller, upon close scrutiny, is Galloping Goose driver (and longtime Rep participant) Peter Chadman; the self-inflated Max Detweiler turns out to be hairstylist Jesse James Martin. The self-effacing, quietly sympathetic housekeeper Frau Schmidt is none other than longtime Telluride Choral Society stalwart Deb Stevens, who works by day in Dr. Terry Brown’s Pine St. offices. There’s St. Patrick’s Deacon Mike Doehrman (along with his wife, as party guests), accounting whiz Katie Jewett (a nun), and, shining in the lead role (alongside a dapper Captain Georg von Trapp (Sean McNamara) longtime Telluride Elementary School teacher Amy Vanderbosch, who is Maria.

“That’s your Maria – she’s the one,” the show’s director Cate Caplin says she knew even during Vanderbosch’s audition.

“When she auditioned, she wasn’t even interested in playing Maria,” she says of Vanderbosch – who is, she adds, “an absolute ace; she has been so professional.

“She has the most lines, and the most costume changes,” yet she was the first actor to memorize her lines and “go off the book.”

Nearly 50 Telluride region regulars drift in and out of scenes in this production of the familiar story of what happens after nunnery postulant Maria Rainer is sent from an Austrian abbey to work as a temporary nanny for widower von Trapp, a distinguished Austro-Hungarian naval commander, and manage his troubled brood.

“I did it like a giant puzzle,” Caplin says of putting together a show that involves no fewer than 13 set changes in a community whose residents are always on the move.

Asked what was the biggest challenge she faced in the six weeks she had to pull the show together, Capln says: “I think synthesizing all the Swiss cheese conflicts in scheduling I was presented with – omigod, with 50 people, somebody gone three days, somebody gone for a week, somebody’s bedtime, she’s got ballet, he’s got karate – I should show it to you.”

Caplin proceeded to chart “who was available” when, and went to work “chipping away at little pieces of scene-work until we’d uncovered all the scenes.”

Key to the strategy was getting down the songs, facilitated by Telluride Choral Society Director Dr. David Lingle. “We worked on a lot of the music upfront, so it would be really in their bodies” as the actors began working on their dance routines.

“I drilled them,” says Caplin, a professional ballroom dancer whose company, Night and Day Entertainment, produces ballroom-dance entertainments; she is a coach for television’s Dance With the Stars; she choreographed a ballroom dance in the recent remake of The Poseidon Adventure and she and her longtime dance partner are waiting to hear whether or not they’ll be performing next summer in Guys and Dolls at the Hollywood Bowl.

Caplin will miss closing night Sunday – she’s due back in Los Angeles to catch the last performance of a two-person show she directed about internet dating called E-love: A Musical dotcom/edy.

For tickets, call 970/728-4539 or visit Tellurideticket.com.
The Sound of Music

Noonberg Abbey Postulant Maria Rainer – Amy Vanderbosch

Noonberg Mother Abbess – Karla Brown

Sister Berthe – Ginny Fraser

Sister Margaretta – Mollie Fast

Sister Sophia – Chrissie Fieseler

Captain Georg von Trapp – Sean McNamara

Franz, the Butler – Curt Moe

Frau Schmidt, the Housekeeper – Deb Stevens

Rolf Gruber, age 17 – Spencer Zarr

Elsa Schrader – Traci Baize

Max Detweiler – Jesse James Martin

Herr Zeller – Peter Chadman

Baron Elberfeld – Michael Doehrman

Baroness Elberfeld – Carolyn Doehrman

Admiral von Schreiber – Mark Westman

The von Trapp children

Liesl, age 16 – Brittany Altman

Friedrich, age 14 – Jackson Blanks

Louisa, age 13 – Chambri Swartz

Kurt, age 10 – Zane Jackson

Brigitta, age 9 – Annika Westman

Marta, age 7 – Kira Ptak

Gretl, age 5 – Justus Tudor

Nuns Chorus (Postulants)

Deb Stevens; Ginny Fraser; Mollie Fast; Christina Fieseler; Nanci Brown; Katie Jewett; Linda Levin; Susan Rahmann; Jennifer Antista; Susannah Smith; Nancy DeCastro; Amber Hughes; Kyra Westman and Alyssa Antista

Party Guests and Nazis

Anita and Jeff Ptak; Ginny and Stu Fraser; Teresa and Mark Westman; Carolyn and Michael Doehrman and Andy Loomis

Instrumentalists

Flute, Shelley Warren

Clarinet, Larry Sims

Trumpet, Matthew Barr

Horn, John Lorimer

Trombone, John House

Violin, Danny DeSantis

Viola, Mary Ella House

Keyboard I, Bobbie Shaffer

Keyboard II, Marilyn Stoutenberg

Perccussion, Mark Goldfogel
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