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Landon Priess, left, as Rolf Gruber and Hailey Knudsen as Liesl in a scene from “The Sound of Music” at Steve W. Shepherd Theater in Fredericksburg. 

 

There will be a special showing today of “The Sound of Music” in Fredericksburg, and the musical will continue until Sunday. 

Today’s performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 Texas 87 South, Fredericksburg.

“Twenty-four hours following the announcement of the extra performance, 60 percent of the house sold,” said Steve Reily, executive director of the Fredericksburg Theater Company. “Fredericksburg’s response to ‘The Sound of Music’ has been phenomenal. The remaining seating we have for Thursday will be the public’s last opportunity to see this production. We must close the show this weekend. We will not be adding any additional performances. I highly recommend going online right now to secure the last few tickets to this show.”

The setting for “The Sound of Music” is Austria, 1938, on the eve of the Anschluss. The musical tells the true story of a young lady named Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. Eventually, she falls in love with the children and their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. The Captain is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria must devise a plan on how to safely flee Austria with the children.

First produced on Broadway 1959, “The Sound of Music” was the last musical written by the famous team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Starring stage favorite Mary Martin, the production was a huge hit, playing for 1,446 performances and winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It was later adapted into a 1965 film version starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Many of the songs from the musical have become standards, such as “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi” and the title song “The Sound of Music.”

In addition to today’s performance, the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $29 for adults, $12 for children 17 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fredericks

burgtheater.org or by calling the box office at 888-669-7114.

“The board of directors would like to thank the community along with all of our volunteers, cast and crew for their overwhelming support of this production,” said Scott Knudsen, the theater’s board president. “The Sound of Music” was a complete sell-out, and because of demand from the public, we felt the need to add another performance.”

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