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Sound of Music Program
VISD’s District Musical was produced by the “Westside Production Crew” under the leadership of Musical Director Mary Lynn McMichael (West High School Choir Director).
The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. He is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria decide on a plan to flee Austria with the children. Many songs from the musical have become standards, such as "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Do-Re-Mi", and the title song "The Sound of Music".
Again this year, VISD will hosted a Full Musical Pit of VISD students performing as a part of the musical.
Another feature of this joint effort was our VISD Educational Theatre outreach program on January 12th for our elementary schools. We created a special production for the VISD 5th graders, showing what it takes to create a student created musical. In addition, there was a Q&A with our high school performers.
This musical comedy which centered on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by equally quirky grown-ups. An eclectic group of mid-pubescents spellers work their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Each has a distinct personality that contributes to the intrigue as the spelling bee unfolds. Well, at least the losers get a juice box!
Again this year, VISD had a full musical pit of VISD students performing as a part of the musical. Special note - This show traditionally is scored for five musicians (piano, percussion, woodwind performer and Cello). Mr. Peach has scored it for full band and orchestra (woodwinds, brass, orchestra strings and percussion) so that over 30 of our VISD students musicians can participate in the musical pit.
Complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant musical theatre patron favorite.
Our District Musical each year is a VISD student centered production with all actors, props, set pieces, art work, sound, lighting, technical components and the full pit of musicians.
The show was directed by Mr. Randy Wachtel, with musical direction by Mr. Ken Peach and choral direction by Mrs. Jennifer Allision in additon the full Fine Arts staff of the VISD.
Another feature we added was the VISD Educational Theatre outreach program for elementary schools. We produce a special production for the VISD 5th graders, showing what it takes to create a student created musical. There was a Q&A with students as well as an opportunity for them learn about what fine art electives are available for them as they move into our secondary VISD schools.
We premiered our first District Musical, Little Shop of Horrors in 2014 and staged Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka in 2015.