The Ballard High School Playmakers performance of “The Sound of Music” will open this Thursday, February 28.
The season will kick off with a special opening night gala. The event will include a BHS Foundation sponsored Bavarian dinner and special guests Duane Chase, who played “Kurt” in the 1965 movie, and Derik Nelson, guitarist for “Glee”. Proceeds from the evening will support the Performing Arts Programs at Ballard High School.
The musical will also run on March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and Senior Citizens and the performances will be held in the Early Kelly Performing Arts Center within the school grounds at 1418 NW 65th St.
Close to 100 students from 9th – 12th grade are involved in the production. These musicians, crew members and performers have been working on the show since December last year with the help of BHS Director of Theatre Shawn Riley, Director of Choirs Courtney Rowley, Director of Bands Michael James and Director of Orchestra Brittany Newell. Through their involvement in the production “the students have gained an appreciation of one of the great American musicals,” said Riley.
When asked about the expected audience reaction, Riley confirmed that the stage version has added songs and scenes that are not included in the well-known movie version. “Although it may be different from what they know, I think the audience will love what they see and hear,” said Riley.