A DROP OF GOLDEN SUN

Sound of Music performances underway at Broadway Palm

Experience the timeless and well-loved score of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” live at the Broadway Palm from Feb. 21 through April 6, 2013. The story follows Maria, an aspiring nun with a youthful appreciation for life and beauty, who becomes the governess of the seven unruly von Trapp children.

By singing to them, playing with them and caring for them, Maria connects with the von Trapp children. As Maria becomes closer to the von Trapp family, she falls in love with the children’s stern father, Captain Georg von Trapp, a widowed naval captain.

According to Paige Mattox, the actress portraying Maria, audiences are always touched by the emotional struggles and successes of the musical’s characters.

“I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that ‘The Sound of Music’ is one of the most well-known and beloved classical musicals out there, but the depth of connection we get from audiences always surprises and delights me. Even just in the designer run, we had people from another cast crying in the rehearsal hall, and audience members will generally come up to us afterwards and share stories from their childhood memories of the show, or even the time period.”

The score includes such memorable favorites as “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and “So Long, Farewell.”

Mirroring her character, Mattox has grown fond of the young actors portraying the fictional von Trapp children.

“I believe wholeheartedly that offstage relationships can help inform on-stage ones,” Mattox said. “Playing with the kids, listening to their stories, helping them with homework—all this real life stuff makes it easier for them to get excited while they play with me on stage because there’s a vein of truth in it. We already have a connection, so we can build on that instead of starting from scratch.”

Mattox is working on developing secret handshakes with each of the children but confided that remembering that many unique handshakes will be tough.

Even though it is his fifth performance in the “The Sound of Music,” Robert Watson, the actor portraying Captain von Trapp, still gets excited to bring the story to life for new audiences.

“‘The Sound of Music’ is such a great show for audiences of all ages, but especially families, and there is nothing better than the excitement on a child’s face who is seeing live theater for the very first time,” Watson said. “I hope this show helps to inspire and foster a whole new generation of arts supporters.”

When asked what audiences might discover while watching the story of Maria and the von Trapp family unfold, Mattox said, “A little grain of hope in a pretty dark time. Follow your heart. Don’t give up on your dreams. And above all, love people. Love them completely and fearlessly.”

“The Sound of Music” will be performed at the Broadway Palm Tuesday through Sunday with selected matinées. The Broadway Palm now offers an all-new upscale dinner theater experience on Saturday nights. Ticket prices range from $35 for the show only to $55 for the buffet and show with prime seating. Discounts are available for children and groups of 20 or more. To purchase tickets, call (239) 278-4422, visit www.broadwaypalm.com or visit the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

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