Mariemont High School will present the beloved classic “The Sound of Music” March 16-18, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., in the Mariemont High School Auditorium. This year’s show is being co-directed by MHS English teacher Lee Lowery and MHS music teacher Liz McGahey, and showcases Mariemont’s strongest singers, actors, musicians, and behind-the-scenes talent.
Senior and journalism student Abby Dodson recently interviewed some of the cast and crew, including senior Shannon Mathews, who plays Maria. Mathews said of the musical, “It’s a great opportunity for people who don’t do sports to connect with people in all grades.”
Senior Daniel Keyes, who plays Captain Von Trapp, said he “loves showing the younger students what it means to be dedicated to performing,” and that one of the most valuable parts of Mariemont’s theater program is “the family and connections you make.”
Molly Mysogland, also a senior, takes on the role of Mother Abyss and is the student director and choreographer for all of the nuns. “You gain friends in theater through shared vulnerability,” said Mysogland. “When you’re all scared together, you gain the confidence to perform.”
As for behind the scenes, lights and sound for all shows at Mariemont are student-run. Senior Colton Urbanski has run the lights for eight shows, and is currently training sophomore Reagan Kaiser to take his place. Senior Zach Weinland will be performing his fourth and final year as lead cellist in the orchestra pit. “We learn all of the music and practice without the cast, and then come together one week before the musical,” said Weinland. Cast and crew refer to this as ‘tech week.’
Performances take place Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. All seating is reserved. Buy your tickets early; tickets to the musical often sell out!
Tickets can be purchased online by going to www.mariemontschools.org/mariemont-high-school and clicking on “Purchase Tickets to The Sound of Music” at the bottom of the left-hand menu bar. This is a secure website for Mariemont ticket purchases (small processing fees apply). Online ticket sales close two hours prior to each performance. Tickets can also be purchased at the MHS Box Office located outside of the MHS Auditorium with cash or check made out to MHS during school lunch hours (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) the week of a performance plus one hour before each performance. Questions? Please contact Delta Crabtree at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mariemont Arts Association is the proud provider of ticket services for all Mariemont performances.