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Youth rules in version of 'The Sound of Music'

September 21, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Apollo Civic Theatre's take on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "The Sound of Music" keeps the original's feel-good vibe but with more energy and spunk - thanks to a young cast and crew.

Which is why it should come as little surprise that for Laura Speis, the musical's 24-year-old director, the favorite scene is "The Lonely Goatherd," a very child-centric scene involving Maria - played by Ashley Sherry - and the children.

They would "rehearse that scene five times a night if I let them," Speis said during a Monday-night dress rehearsal.

There's also an air of innocence and optimism in Sherry's execution, a bit different from Julie Andrews' mature, "I am a woman who has lived life" delivery in the 1965 movie version. Speis said that was partly what made Sherry stand out in highly competitive auditions for the lead role.

"She has a voice that's fantastic," Speis said. "Her voice will stop you in your tracks."


The show opens Friday, Sept. 22, and concludes Sunday, Oct.1. For more information, visit the Apollo Theatre online at or call 304-263-6766.

If you go ...

WHAT: Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music"

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Sept. 24; and Friday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 1. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. Sunday shows start at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin Street, Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST: $7 to $15

MORE: Call 304-264-6766 for reservations.

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