The Hills Come Alive with “The Sound of Music”
at Racine Theatre Guild
This holiday season, the Racine Theatre Guild and sponsor SC Johnson are pleased to present “The Sound of Music,” one of the most popular and beloved musicals of all time, from December 5 through 21 at the Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38) in Racine.
With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, “The Sound of Music” has been capturing hearts for 55 years via stage, film, sing-along and live TV showings. The show opened on Broadway in November of 1959 and ran until June of 1963. In 1960, it won numerous awards, including the Tony for Best Musical and Best Actress in a Musical (Mary Martin). The motion picture, released 50 years ago, was honored with Oscars, Golden Globes and other awards. It remains the most popular movie musical of all time. “The Sound of Music” was the final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein, and it’s loaded with unforgettable songs: “Maria,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and “The Sound of Music.”
The familiar story, set in Austria, begins when a high-spirited postulant, Maria (Samantha Sustachek), is sent to fill in as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain (Bob Benson). Through music, she first wins over the children (Talia Engstrom, Luke Cloherty, Maddy Hansen, Ethan Paul Wilkins, Evelyn Alumbreros, Isabel Young and Alayna Jensen) and then their father. Maria leaves the convent to marry Captain von Trapp. Soon afterwards, with war looming and the Captain about to be forced into the German military, the family flees from their home. They escape Nazi capture with the help of the sisters (Tammy Zeller, Sister Linda J. McClenahan, Kim Starr, Rebecca Weaver, Hannah Cooper, Erin Barnlund, Carly Christopher, Joyce Gregg, Lisa Friedrich, Heather Lopez and Lori Russ).
The Racine Theatre Guild cast is completed by Ian Joyal, Frank Russ, Stacy Onines-Jensen, Geoff Greeley, Karen Magee, Peter Jones, Phil Lyden and Harry Jacobsen.
RTG Managing/Artistic Director Douglas Instenes directs the production, with musical direction by Gregory Berg and choreography by Kara Ernst. Sarah Hunt-Frank designed the set. Frank Russ serves as production stage manager and Eric Guttenberg as stage manager.
SC Johnson Company is sponsoring performances of “The Sound of Music” on three weekends, December 5-21. Each weekend there are Friday and Saturday shows at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m. There are Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on December 13 and 20. Tickets cost $19 for adults, $17 for seniors (62+), and $14 for students (21 and under). At 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 14, and Thursday, December 18, tickets are bargain priced at $15 adult, $13 senior and $10 student. The audience is invited to sing along with the cast at the Thursday night (December 18) performance. Discounts are available for season subscribers and groups of 12 or more. Also, flex pass packages of five to eight admissions can be purchased through December.
The Racine Theatre Guild is a nonprofit community theatre located at 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38) in Racine. (Northwestern Avenue is no longer under construction and is once again a two-way street.) The box office is open year-round on weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to a performance through intermission. Reservations in advance are highly recommended, as some performances, especially matinees, will sell out. To order tickets and get further information, call 262-633-4218 or order online (note: discounts cannot be applied to online purchases).
LONDON TOUR October 1-11, 2015
Our February 2015 trip sold out so quickly (1-1/2 days), that we decided to offer a second opportunity to visit London!
Volunteering at RTG – Help make the magic happen!
Through the efforts of hundreds of dedicated volunteers led by a small professional staff, the Racine Theatre Guild, a community theatre, provides a variety of live entertainment and educational offerings for all ages, including:
- Main-stage plays and musicals
- Racine Children’s Theatre
- Jean’s Jazz Series
- Comedy Tonight
- Theatre trips
- Classes and workshops
RTG volunteers have diverse backgrounds—some arrive without experience, while others come with theatre degrees. All you need is desire! Do you want to meet people and have fun? Be part of a team? Learn new things? Indulge your creative side? See amazing results from your efforts?
Information is available at
2519 Northwestern Ave., www.racinetheatre.org, 262-633-4218.