The Sound of Music is coming to Happy Valley

The hills are alive with the Sound of Music, and for two nights this month, Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium will be too.

The brand-new Broadway production tour will make a stop in Happy Valley Nov. 14 and 15 for two performances. Viewers will be delighted with musical favorites from the well-known film, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss," and the title song, as well as some story lines that didn’t appear in the movie.

“Our production is based on the original stage play, from the memoir that Maria Von Trapp wrote,” said Melissa McKamie, who plays Elsa Schraeder. “It’s different from the film in terms of the order of the songs, and the focus on the story instead of the romance. It illustrates resilience in times of struggle, and the healing power of music and finding your voice.”

According to Heather Longley, Editorial and Marketing Associate for Penn State’s Center for the Performing Arts, the production is based on the original direction by Jack O'Brien (from Broadway's "Hairspray") and it doesn't gloss over the politics.

"This story is a classic," said Longley. "I'm intrigued by the dramatization of a story based loosely on the history of the von Trapp family singers. In real life, they escaped Nazi-invaded Europe by fleeing to America, and later had to rely on the kindness of strangers as a family of refugees in a new country."

Happy Valley residents and visitors are encouraged to get their tickets soon for this sure-to-sell-out production. According to Longley, audiences have been raving about the talented cast and their musical prowess, and the Sound of Music has held its spot in the limelight in recent years.

"There's a lot of momentum with this production," she said. "NBC's 2013 live teleplay reached more than 44 million viewers, and 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be one of the most successful movie musicals."

There’s also an intriguing promise that the production will make an impact on the audience.

"Come out and see the show; you will be challenged," added McKamie. "People think they know the Sound of Music. This production makes you think about the story, and I think it can connect to all generations. You'll be challenged and hopefully inspired."

The Sound of Music will be on stage at Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 and Wednesday, Nov. 15. Click here to learn more about the Eisenhower Auditorium performance and to get your tickets, or learn more about the production at thesoundofmusicontour.com.

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