‘The Sound of Music’ opens Friday

The hills are alive with “The Sound of Music” this weekend at the TCU Middle School Auditorium as the high school drama department presents its fall musical.
The 1965 American musical drama film and adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, “The Sound of Music” will take place on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m., and on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The musical comes to Tri-City United after years of mulling by Director Sarah Mejia. 
"It has been suggested to me many times over the years, but I always felt like I didn't have the right group of students for it. This time, I felt like I had numerous strong leading ladies that could carry the show, enough strong males to fill in the other parts, plus young talent to play the children. Things just kind of fit,” she said.
The show for TCU will follow the storyline, but the Director adjusted some themes due to recent events in the country.
“We have tried to put our own spin on the characters and songs while staying true to the storyline,” Mejia said. “I wanted to downplay the Nazi part of the musical, considering recent events in our country. I wanted to focus on the story of the family and finding love with war as the backdrop. I didn't want Nazi symbols to take away from that. We still respect the historical integrity of the soldiers and the war, just without the symbols of that regime.”
Senior Grace Grant plays the title role of Maria, who was played in the television adaptation by Julie Andrews. Grant, from Lonsdale, said when she tried out for the part of Maria her mom got emotional because “The Sound of Music” is her favorite movie. When she learned she got the part, Grace said her mom was very excited.
“She almost started crying,” she recalls.
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