Students are gearing up to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month

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CLINTON — Each year area schools present musical productions in celebration of March is Music in Our Schools Month.

This year, Clinton Central School will present “Seussical the Musical” March 7-9, while Westmoreland Central School will feature “The Sound of Music.”

Clinton’s Seussical the Music will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 7-9 at the Clinton Central School Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $10 for reserved seating. The Box Office opens at 6 p.m. on the evening of all shows. For more information, visit www.ccs.edu.

Music of Seussical the Musical is by Stephen Flaherty, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. The book is by both Flaherty and Ahrens, and co-conceived by Flaherty, Ahrens and Eric Idle. The show is based on the works of Dr. Seuss.

“Seussical the Musical” stars: Jack Drejza as The Cat in the Hat; Landon Stilz as JoJo; Jadon Ingalls as Horton; Alyssa Cancilla as Gertrude McFuzz; Shayla Pominville as Mayzie LaBird; Elizabeth Wratten as Sour Kangaroo; Nic Fostini as General Schmitz; Bart Hearn, Malachi Ward and Ollie Walters as The Wickershams; Abigail Witte as Mrs. Mayor; Sylvia Novak, E.B. Fehlner, Sydney Evans, Alayna Krom and Grace Johnson as Bird Girls; Malachi Ward as Yertle the Turtle; Danny Martinelli and Grace Collins as Hunters; and Noah Freund as The Grinch.

“Seussical the Musical” Ensemble Cast: Maggie Bailey; Rebecah Bashant; Olivia Bessey-Nolan; Jenna Bonomo; Megan Bremer; Emily Brockway; Grace Collins; Karina Davis; Jenna Deep; Cloee Eldevick-LaCotera; Victoria Elefante; Emmie Falbo; Ella Fay; Olivia Fay; Noah Freund; Betsy Gale; Matt Geigle; Taylor Harvey; Nick Heselton; Juliana Heselton; Laura Hughes; Abbey Hynes; James Klein; Taylor Languein; Briar Lennon; Sophie MacPherson; Danny Martinelli; Sarah Martini; Noelle Pape; Devon Pritchard; Alivia Pritchard; Kaitlynn Schweitzer; Madeline Stell; Maddi Walters; Rachel Ward; Juliet Weinberg; and Alison Wratten.

Latter next month, Westmoreland Central School will present “The Sound of Music,” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 21-23 at the junior/senior high school auditorium.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. They go on sale March 4. To purchase them, email music teacher Kristyn Clutler at kcutler@westmorelandschool.org.

The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, “The Sound of Music,”has become a play beloved around the world. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, the play captures a personal tale of growth and hope amidst the horrors of World War II. 

“The Sound of Music” tells the tale of young postulant Maria Rainer, whose free spirit has trouble fitting into the rules and regulations of Nonnberg Abbey. Commissioned by the Mother Abbess to serve as the governess for seven motherless children, Maria transforms the Von Trapp family home from a place of dour rules and regulations to one filled with joy, with laughter, and with music.

In the process, Maria wins the hearts of all seven children — and their widower father, Captain Von Trapp. With the Mother Abbess’ blessing, and to the children’s delight, Maria follows her heart, and Maria and the Captain marry. Upon returning home from their honeymoon, Maria and the Captain learn that their beloved Austria has been taken over by the Nazis, and the retired Captain is asked to report for immediate service in the Nazi Navy.

When the Nazis show up at their door to take Captain Von Trapp away, it is a family singing engagement (wily navigated by their friend Max) that buys the family time to make their narrow escape. Their Austrian convictions compel Maria, the Captain, and the children to flee over the mountains of Switzerland to safety, taking the words of the Mother Abbess to heart: “Climb Every Mountain…till you find your dream.”

The cast of “The Sound of Music”

Nun Chorus

JoyeAnne Alexander, Zoe Bartholomew, Kirstin Bratge, Meghan Brewer, Angelina Ching, Amanda Clarey, Allison Davis, Juliana Dee, Maggie Edwards, Alessandra Feldman, Danielle Flack, Lindsey Hagen, Abigail Hansson, Julia Hutchins, Sophia Larish, Olivia Manella, Isabella Mazur, Kylie McGowan, Bailey Metzger, Danielle Narrows, Arianna Robinson, Natalie Robinson, Alexis Rocco, Jillian Sacco, Kayley Smith, Emily Szmurlo, Rachel VanDeusen and Shelby Wickham.

Nun Soloist: Danielle Flack

Sister Bertha (Mistress of Novices): Kirstin Bratge

Understudy: Angelina Ching

Maria Rainer (a Postulant at Nonnberg Abbey): Meghan Donnelly

Understudy: Emma Riesel

Sister Sophia: Danielle Narrows

Understudy: Zoe Bartholomew

Mother Abbess: Danielle Flack

Understudy: Olivia Mannella

Sister Margaretta (Mistress of Postulants): Emily Szmurlo

Understudy: Kylie McGowan

Captain Georg von Trapp: Josh Davis

Understudy: Jason Robinson

Franz (the butler): Hayden Johnson

Understudy: Austen Bowers

Frau Schmidt (the housekeeper): Alexis Rocco

Understudy: Isabella Mazur

The Children – 

Liesl (age 16): Emma Riesel

Understudy: Abigail Hansson

Friedrich (age 14): Matthew Kelsey

Understudy: Tyler Crumb

Louisa (age 13): Clare Calogero

Understudy for younger female roles: Julia Hutchins

Kurt (age 10): David Huyck

Understudy: Wesley Larish

Brigitta (age 9): Samantha Manuele

Marta (age 7): Lauren Stephens

Gretl (the youngest): Ann Sweet

Rolf Gruber (age 17): Ben Christensen

Understudy: Brady Morris

Elsa Schraeder: Abigail Hansson

Understudy: Emily Szmurlo

Ursula: Olivia Mannella

Max Detweiler: Will Grant

Understudy: Jason Crumb

Baroness Elberfeld: Kylie McGowan

Baron Elberfeld: Jason Robinson

Herr Zeller: Karsten Bratge

Party Guests:

JoyeAnne Alexander, Zoe Bartholomew, Kirstin Bratge, Angelo Carletta, Angelina Ching, Jason Crumb, Tyler Crumb, Juliana Dee, Raymond Donnelly, Caleb Elliott, Maggie Edwards, Danielle Flack, Doug Flory, Noah Grant, Quinn Haggerty, Sam Huyck, Olivia Mannella, Isabella Mazur, Brady Morris, Danielle Narrows, Trevor Owens, Kayley Smith, Emily Szmurlo, Rachel VanDeusen, Francesco Veronese, Shelby Wickham and Matt Yaddaw.

Frau Zeller: Lindsey Hagen

Young Girl/New Postulant: Kayley Smith

Admiral Von Schreiber: Austen Bowers

Trio of Herweigen: Mr. Saxton and Guests

Fraulein Schweiger: JoyeAnne Alexander

Three Guards: Jason Crumb, Brady Morris and Angelo Carletta

Man’s Voice: Jason Robinson

Lieutenant’s Voice: Doug Flory

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