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NVC Performing Arts - The Sound of Music


      Napa Valley College Performing Arts



Music By Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp

APRIL 5-21, 2013

Musical direction by dr. eve-anne wilkes
Choreography by Pam Rogers

Performance in the Main Theater at the Performing Arts Center at the Napa Valley College

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Napa, CA – Napa Valley Conservatory Theater and Music Napa Valley, the two performing arts programs at Napa Valley College, continue their theatrical and musical endeavours in the 2012/2013 season with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, Sound of Music, directed by Jennifer King, with musical direction from Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes, and choreography by Pam Rogers.  The show will run April 5-21, 2013.

The Sound of Music, which is Rogers and Hammerstein’s last work together, told the true story of the von Trapp family.  Set in the beautiful Austrian mountains, where, a young woman named Maria trains to become a nun. The sisters at the Abbey, however, do not believe Maria is quite ready yet to devote her life to God. As a result, Maria is sent to Captain von Trapp's home in the hills, where she is to serve as a governess for his seven children. She manages to sing her way into the children's hearts and eventually the Captain's. Beyond the von Trapps' estate, the Nazi juggernaut pushes its way into the heart of their homeland and threatens the livelihood of the entire family. The Sound of Music has won numerous Academy Awards and remains one of the most memorable musicals of the last 30 years.

It opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 16, 1959, garnering much praise and numerous awards. It has been frequently revived ever since. The show was made into a film in 1965 starring Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as the Captain. It won five Oscars, including best picture and best director, Robert Wise. Hammerstein died in August 1960, before the film was made, so when Rodgers wrote extra songs for the film, he wrote the lyrics as well. The Sound of Music probably contains more hit songs than any other Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, likely because of the phenomenal success of the film version, the most financially successful film adaptation of a Broadway musical ever made. It also contained many memorable songs, including the title song, "Do-Re-Mi", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" "So Long, Farewell", "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", and "Edelweiss".
Usually referred to as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Music Writer, Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and Oscar Hammtein II (1895–1960) were an influential, innovative and successful American musical theatre writing team. Initiating the "golden age" of musical theatre, they created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, including five of their shows, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music, having an outstanding success. They garnered thirty-four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards, the Pulitzer, two Grammy’s, among the many accolades of their shows.

Director, Jennifer King, along with Musical Director Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes, and Choreographer Pam Rogers, combine forces in the retelling of this great American Classic. The other members of the creative team are inclusive of Harry Cadelago, Conductor, Jennifer Ruygt, Stage Manager, Martin Flynn, Technical Director and Scenic Designer, Wendy Kaufman, Costume Designer, Tim Holtslag, Scenic Artist, April George, Lighting Designer, Fernando Espinoza, Assistant Stage Manager, Kathryn Williams, 2nd Assistant Stage Manager.

Jennifer King is the Founder and Artistic Director of Napa Valley Conservatory Theater and Shakespeare Napa Valley. Her teaching and directing credits include work for the California Shakespeare Theater (Associate Artist), Dallas Theater Center, Aurora Theatre Company, Playground, Berkeley Playhouse, Sonoma County Repertory Theater, 6th Street Playhouse, The White Barn, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Napa Valley College (Professor of Theater), Richland, Foothill and Solano Colleges, as well as the University of California, Davis. Regional directing includes: The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Twelfth Night, Sweeney Todd, The People's Temple, 'ART’, Cyrano, I Am My Own Wife, Man of La Mancha, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Disney's Aladdin (nominated for six Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards, including Best Director), The Taming of the Shrew, La Cage aux Folles, and Tuesdays with Morrie, among others.   She is a co-editor of Reflections of Diversity, a recipient of a TCG Observership Award, and holds an MFA in Acting from UC Davis and a BA in Theater from University of Southern California.  Upcoming Projects:  The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Napa Valley), and Blur (Sonoma State University).

Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes (Director of Vocal Studies) teaches Commercial, Musical Theater, Intermediate and Advanced Voice, directs the College Chorale and musically directs the musical productions. She has also led performance tours for the Napa Valley College Singers to Germany/Austria, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Czech Republic, Spain, Scotland, Canada and Japan. Dr. Wilkes holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in literature and vocal pedagogy from West Virginia University, with her Master of Arts, emphasis in vocal pedagogy, and her Bachelor of Science Degree in music education from The Ohio State University. Early in her college career, she was chosen to perform in a 10-week European concert tour (Germany, France and Italy) with the USO. Following her doctoral studies, she received a grant to study voice in Munich, Germany, where she studied and performed for two years. During this time, she also studied and performed at the Mozarteum music academy housed in Salzburg, Austria. Before joining the faculty at NVC, she was a professor of voice at West Virginia University, Memphis State University, (Tennessee), and Otterbein College, (Ohio).

Pam Roger's early dance education and performing opportunities began in Los Angeles, North Hollywood, and Hollywood, CA. After relocating to Napa in the 1970s, she owned and directed a local dance studio and performed throughout the Napa Valley and the Bay area for the next 17 years. She began teaching and choreographing for Napa Valley College in 1978 and has continued until present. She also choreographs for other Napa Valley events and musical presentations. Among the classic musicals she has choreographed are Fiddler On The Roof, Carousel, Music Man, and South Pacific. Among her favorite more contemporary works are Cabaret, Phantom of The Opera, La Cage Aux Follies, and Forever Plaid. In addition to her work in theater and dance, she works full time as a Speech Language Pathologist.

The production features the cast Therese  Abalo, of Napa, CA, as Sister Margaretta, Angela Abboud, of Napa, CA, as Nun, Taylor Bartolucci DeGuilio, of Napa, CA, as Maria, Alex Belmont, of American Canyon, CA, Ensemble, Gioia Bishop, of Napa, CA, Nun, Karen Brocker, of Napa, CA, Nun, Jamee Calisa, of Fairfield, CA, Nun, Karen Clark, of Napa, CA, Nun, Jorge Covarrubias, of Napa, CA, Ensemble, Elizabeth Dreyer, of Glen Ellen, CA, Nun, David Foushee, of Yountville, CA, Nun, Admiral, Raucha Mae Fuentes, of Napa, CA, Nun, Joy Greenlee, of Napa, CA, Nun, M'Kormik T. Hamilton, of Napa, CA, as Sister Berthe, Morgan Harrington, of Sonoma, CA, as Elsa Schraeder, Gabriel Hernandez, of Napa, CA, as Captain von Trapp, Heather Hollier, of Napa, CA, Nun, Andrew Lincoln, of Napa, CA, as Herr Zeller, Deanna Maher, of Napa, CA, as Liesl, Rafael Manzo, of Napa, CA, as Rolf, Kim Markovich, of Napa, CA, as Mother Abbess, Sara Meyer, of Napa, CA, Nun, Sue Moore, of Napa, CA, Nun, Jeremy Padrones, of Benicia, CA, Ensemble, Jonathan Payne, of Vallejo, CA, Ensemble, Alexis Pierce, of Napa, CA, as Sister Sophia, Denise Rosselli, of Napa, CA, as Frau Schmidt, Jerome Sadhu, of Vallejo, CA, Nun, Juan Salcito, of Napa, CA, as Franz, Jose Sanchez, of Napa, CA, as Baron Elberfeld, Marci Sanchez, of Napa, CA, as Baroness Elberfeld, Karen Scriven, of Napa, CA, Nun, Dorothy Unsicker, of Napa, CA, Nun, Ted von Pohle, of Angwin, CA, as Max Detweiler, Lesa Ward, of Napa, CA, Nun, and MaryEllen Ziegler, of Napa, CA, Nun.

The Youth Cast brings to our stage Annalyse Bueno-Kling, of Napa, CA, as Gretl, Josie Goldfarb, of St. Helena, CA, as Marta, Lily Goldman, of Napa, CA, as the Young Postulant, Malia Lake, of Napa, CA, as Louisa, Alissa Meyer, of Napa, CA, as the New Postulant, Aubrey Meyer, of Napa, CA, as Gretl, Karenna Meyer, of Napa, CA, as Louisa, Liana Meyer, of Napa, CA, as Brigitta, Journey Rhorer, of Napa, CA, as Fredrich, David Ryan, of Napa, CA, as Kurt, Martina Sanchez, of Napa, CA, as Marta, and Aisley Wallace Harper, of Napa, CA, as Brigitta.

The Orchestra includes Orchestra: Harry Cadelago (Conductor), Micah Wallace (Violin I), Ralph Valdez (Violin II), Nancy Crane (Flute), Tom Green (Clarinet I), Portia Catania (Clarinet II), Larrie Dastrup (Trumpet), Georgia Anderson (Trombone), Chelsea Green (Trombone), Jim Tutt (Horn), Elaine Herrick (Bass), Mark Osten (Keyboard), Ellen Patterson (Piano), and Brian Simpson (Percussion).

The Sound of Music performances are April 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, & 20 at 8pm; April 7, 14& 21 at 2pm on the Main Stage of the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. The Center is located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy. at the north end of the Napa Valley College Campus. Tickets are $25 general, $20 sen/stu/mil. Tickets may be purchased online at ; through the Box Office by phoning 707-256-7500; or at the door beginning one hour prior to performance time (space permitting).

Media Contact: Jennifer Irby