Local voices power “The Sound of Music” during Boston run

Rodgers and Hammerstein musical on stage at Boch Center / Wang Theatre through May 13

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Jill-Christine Wiley (Maria) and Mike McLean (Captain von Trapp) on the red carpet outside Boch Center in Boston.

Jill-Christine Wiley (Maria) and Mike McLean (Captain von Trapp) on the red carpet outside Boch Center in Boston.

Raider Times photo / Kirsten Aucoin

Raider Times photo / Kirsten Aucoin

Jill-Christine Wiley (Maria) and Mike McLean (Captain von Trapp) on the red carpet outside Boch Center in Boston.

Kirsten Aucoin, Raider Times staff

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The hills are alive in Boston! “The Sound of Music” made its way to the Boch Center / Wang Theatre on May 1, 2018.

The Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein features fan favorites such as “Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” “My Favorite Things,” and “Do-Re-Me,” and the title song.

The musical focuses on Maria, a woman who’s stuck between devoting herself to God in chastity and the possibility of a family, when she gets sent away from her convent to become the nanny for seven children. It’s inspired by the true stories of the Von Trapp family during the Nazis rise to power.

Raider Times photo / Kirsten Aucoin
The national touring cast of “The Sound of Music” answers questions from a student reporter before stepping on the red carpet May 2, 2018, at Boch Center in Boston.

There’s some local faces in the production. Lauren Kidwell, who shows powerhouse vocals as Mother Abbess, got a MFA in musical theater from Boston Conservatory. Ensemble member Ariana Valdes and Stephanie Gray (Frau Schmidt) both also studied at Boston Conservatory.

A big surprise, considering her small size, was Sophia Massa. The girl who played the role of Gretl in the production was significantly smaller than the other cast members, but gave a great performance. She’s starring in a thriller film this year, titled “Welcome to Mercy.”

“The Sound of Music” production has a few performances left before its final May 13. Tickets can be found at http://www.bochcenter.org/soundofmusic.

–May 10, 2018–

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