Students to present classic musical March 22-25

The Appoquinimink High School Stage Crew and Thespians will present “The Sound of Music” later this month at the school.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, with a matinee Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. All shows will be in the high school’s auditorium at 1080 Bunker Hill Road, Middletown.

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About 70 students are in the cast, orchestra, and crew and they have been busy getting ready for the play almost every day of the week, said Mary Leigh Filippone, theater department director.

Participating in the play “teaches them how to be in front of people,” Filippone said. “It gives them confidence and it teaches them how to put themselves in someone else’s shoes.”

Cole Purse, a 12th grader, plays Captain von Trapp, which he enjoys because the character is so different from him. “It’s a good acting experience. He’s a lot more stern and militant.”

The role of Maria is played by Mecina Fellin, a 12th grader. Like other members of the cast, she attends rehearsals almost every day, requiring her to balance and manage her classes and the theater work.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said.

Fellin and Purse are supported by underclassman Emily Dina (Mother Abbess), EJ Brister (Max Detweiler) and Piper Feeney (Elsa Schraeder).

The oldest four von Trapp children are played by AHS students Lilly Mercado (Liesl), Nick Quintana (Freidrich), Seth Purse (Kurt) and Sydney Coleman (Louisa).

Six young guest performers from the district’s elementary and middle schools are taking on the roles of the youngest three von Trapps: Elise Contessa and Cassidy Oberparleiter as Brigitta, Irelynn Becker and Sophie Yeargan as Marta and Alessandra Muniz and Olivia Truono as Gretl.

The production crew is led by stage manager Elijah Hadley and production assistant Sephora Cain.

“The Sound of Music” is a family favorite based on the real-life memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Trapp Family Singers. Set in Austria in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as a governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain von Trapp.

He is ordered to accept a commission in the German Navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria decide on a plan to flee Austria with the children.

With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, this classic musical is filled with the sounds of “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” as well as the well-known title song.