February 8, 2016

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy presents the heartwarming family musical “The Sound of Music” March 3, 4 & 5 at Mason Middle School. Curtain for each performance is 7 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee scheduled on Saturday, March 5.

This show will be an exceptional musical experience. MHA music teacher Julie Smith of Mason, who has performed in shows at Kings Island as well as other local orchestras, will conduct a live orchestra of many of Cincinnati’s finest professional musicians. Her husband, Jeff Smith, who has composed and arranged music for organizations including Walt Disney, Kings Island and the Rose Parade, is the music director for the show.

“A live orchestra greatly enhances any musical because it brings so much more energy to the performance,” said Julie Smith. “It allows for more emotional expression which enriches the overall experience.”

“The Sound of Music” is an uplifting musical based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Maria, a tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey, becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children and brings a new love of life and music into the home.

Tickets for March 3 and the Saturday matinee are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets for March 4 and 5 evening performances are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Premier seating (center section, first four rows) for each performance is $20 per ticket. Tickets are available online at http://marshill.seatyourself.biz or at the door forty-five minutes before curtain. Additional information can be found at www.marshill.edu.

The production features 52 Mars Hill Academy students, with a double cast for certain roles. MHA senior Madison DeBra of Loveland and junior Claire Smith of Mason share the role of Maria, and senior Michael Oedy of Lebanon plays Captain Von Trapp. Sophomores Grace Bennett and Rachel Dudley, both of West Chester, share the role of Liesl, and sophomore Andrew Cunningham of Liberty Township plays Rolf. Max Detweiler is played by senior Evan Reese of West Chester, and Baroness Elsa Schraeder is played by MHA junior Jolene Estruth of West Chester, and senior Grace Milligan of Lebanon. The Mother Abbess is played by senior Abby Liebing of Cincinnati.

Photo: The Von Trapp family (Cast A), clockwise l-r: Abigail Bowling of Fairfield as Marta, Joshua Kuechly of Loveland as Kurt, Etienne Pienaar of Maineville as Friedrich, Michael Oedy of Lebanon as the Captain Von Trapp, Rachel Dudley of West Chester as Liesl, Madison DeBra of Loveland as Maria, Anna Dudley of West Chester as Louisa, Danielle Yang of Mason as Brigitta, and Anna Bowling of Fairfield as Gretl.