Ali Viterbi to star in J’Company production of ‘The Sound of Music’
LA JOLLA, California (Press Release) – The award-winning J*Company Youth Theatre, a program of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, will present The Sound of Music March 4-21 at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre.
Based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, the final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. She gradually captures the hearts of both children and father. The family’s narrow escape from the Nazis over the mountains to Switzerland provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The musical includes some of the greatest musical theatre pieces ever created such as “Climb Every Mountain,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and “Edelweiss.” Just like brown paper packages tied up with string, this J*Company 50th Anniversary production will prove to be one of your favorite things.
“J*Company is alive with The Sound of Music. I can’t believe that we have been in existence for 17 years and have never previously brought this show to life,” said Joey Landwehr, J*Company Artistic Director. “After record breaking attendance at auditions for this show (over 200 young people), I am proud to say that we have collected one of the largest and finest casts of The Sound of Music ever assembled, consisting of 98 young artists, with choreography by Deven P. Brawley.”
“We have also topped ourselves with the largest orchestra to ever be assembled on the J*Company stage,” said Landwehr. “Tim McKnight will conduct an orchestra of 23 fine young musicians.”
Landwehr is directing The Sound of Music. He has worked extensively as an actor and director in New York City, both on and off Broadway, as well as in national tours and regional theatre.
Heading the cast of The Sound of Music , with their parts, ages, and schools are:
Ali Viterbi Maria 17 San Diego Jewish Academy
Scott Peterson Captain von Trapp 14 San Diego High – School of the Arts
Mother Abbess Naomi McPherson 16 High Tech High International
Darien Sepulveda Max Detweiler 16 High Tech High International
Danielle Smotrich Baroness Schrader 17 High Tech High International
Maddie Houts Liesl 15 Canyon Crest Academy
Zachary Herzog Rolf 16 Westview High School
Josh Shtein Friedrich 13 Standley Middle School
Celia Tedde Louisa 12 San Diego Cooperative Charter School
Jesse Carpentier Brigitta 16 Julian Charter School
Myles Collinson Kurt 14 The Bishop School
Brooke Posnock Marta 11 La Jolla Country Day
Sierra Lieb Gretl 9 Sage Canyon Elementary
Show Dates and Times:
Thursday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 5, 10:00 a.m. (School Show)
Saturday, March 6, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 7, 1:00 & 4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. (School Show)
Saturday, March 13, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 14, 1:00 & 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 18, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, 1:00 & 4:30 p.m.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC Movie Musical Sing-A-Long
JoinJ*Company for a magical movie experience and bring the entire family! Watch The Sound of Music (the movie) on the big screen at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, as you sing-a-long, clap-a-long and following the bouncing ball to lyrics. First 50 attendees receive a special goodie bag on that night!
Dress up as your favorite character from The Sound of Music and sing along with the film. A prize will be awarded for best costume. Admission price is $8.00/JCC members and $10.00/Non-members with half off for season subscribers; Season Subscriptions available until December 13, 2009.
The Sound of Music Movie Musical Sing-A-Long will be held on Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $13 for children and $17 for adults and are available online at www.sdcjc.org/jcompany or by calling the JCC Box Office at 858-362-1348. The David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre is located at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus at 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla.
Preceding provided by San Diego Center for Jewish Culture