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Clear Spring High to perform 'The Sound of Music'

April 15, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - The seven students portraying the Von Trapp children in "The Sound of Music" at Clear Spring High School are up against soccer matches in Catoctin.

And Capt. Georg Von Trapp had to finish a tennis match before he could get to play practice one recent evening.

The real Von Trapp family only had to contend with Nazis.

But Beth Smith is taking it all in stride, confident that her young performers are up for the challenge of performing in "The Sound of Music" - a time-honored musical famous on stage and screen.

The play will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7:30 nightly in the high school auditorium. There will also be 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for adults cost $7 while students and children pay $5.

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"It's always been one of my favorites," Smith said. Back to school just a few weeks after the birth of her son, Alex, Smith said she really wanted to give her students the opportunity to get involved with this play.

Last year, Smith's students put on "Into the Woods," a play she described as good but obscure.

"I felt we really needed to get back to talking to everybody," Smith said.

A lot of talent for a small school is how Smith describes Clear Spring High School where she has taught the drama and choral curricula for eight years.

"I play Max Detwiler in the play," said senior Jordan Meyers. "I've been a part of several plays, cast and crew."

Jordan said he will be entering the military after graduation and when he has completed his duty, he plans to attend acting school at Syracuse University.

"I'm enjoying the role," Jordan said. "Every role should be fun."

Laura Canfield also seems to be having a good time stepping into the character of Maria. "I enjoy music and I get to sing in this play."

She got to prove that at a recent rehearsal when the backup music equipment failed to work. She sang "The Hills Are Alive (Sound of Music)" without accompaniment and without flaw.

"Maria has lots of traits at once. There is an inner struggle between her emotions," Laura said.

The production got under way in February. A lot of students tried out for myriad parts, Smith said.

"There are a lot of students with very musical backgrounds," Smith said. The sheer number of performers has taxed the small stage at Clear Spring High to the maximum so sets necessarily are mobile and do double duty.

One parent, who is a professional artist, worked on the sets. A lot of effort has also gone into costuming.

Smith is a 1991 graduate of Clear Spring High School, where she worked on some school plays. After graduating from Shepherd College, Smith began her teaching career.

For help with "The Sound of Music," Smith has called upon several alumni friends with whom she has worked in the past.

For more information on the play, call 301-766-8082.

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