Hills of Marin Are Alive With “The Sound of Music”

Scenes from “The Sound of Music”. Top row from left: The Wedding scene at the Abbey, The Family singing at the concert hall under Nazi guard. Bottom photo: The Trapp family escaping from the Nazis. Photos by Godfrey Lee. ByGodfrey Lee Mountain Play in Marin celebrated its 100th anniversary with the production of “The Sound of Music.” Young people from Marin City on June 9 attended the production, which was dedicated to Felecia Gaston of Performing Stars. On June 9, around 40 adults and youth from Marin City attended the production. Director Jay Manley adapted the musical for Mountain Play. Two songs, “How Can Love Survive,” and “No Way To Stop It,” from the original stage musical were included in this production. Manley also invited some brothers from St. Peter’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Salzburg, Germany, to participate in the production. Founded in 696 AD, the abbey is one of the oldest monasteries in the German-speaking world. “The Sound Of Music” was written by Oscar Hammerstein who wrote the lyrics while battling cancer. He died shortly after the musical opened in 1959. The Mountain Play’s past productions were “Henry V” (1981), “The Wizard of Oz” (1991), “Guys and Dolls” (1995, and also in 2010), “West Side Story” (1999), and “Hair” (2007).
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