Production caps Theatre Club’s 25th anniversary celebration
To conclude the yearlong celebration of its 25th anniversary, Mount Carmel School’s Theatre Club will present the classic Christmas musical The Sound of Music on Dec. 3 and 4 (Friday and Saturday), at Saipan World Resort.
The show is directed by Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero with live music from Mount Carmel School’s Concert Band conducted by Julian Greening and vocal direction by Jener Pineda and Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero.
For Dr. Deleon Guerrero, producing the show is a dream come true. “So many of our elders have fond memories of the movie, and, surprisingly, many younger audiences have also fallen in love with the show, “ he said. “That is why I have always wanted to bring this show to life for our community, especially during these trying times. It’s a chance to bring the nostalgic joy of Christmas, family, and music to our island.”
Earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars, The Sound of Music was the final collaboration between the theatrical powerhouse duo, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The story is based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp and follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.
Launched in 1996, the MCS Theatre Club celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, commemorating over 50 theatrical and cinematic productions, including several Disney musicals, numerous Shakespeare plays, and a number of original productions. The club started this year’s celebration in February with the sold-out premiere of the latest entry in its award-winning We Drank Our Tears series, the Stories of Visitacion, Henry, and Dave at American Memorial Park. The club continued the celebration in April with William Shakespeare’s As You Like It and in May with the feature film Zero2Hero, a follow-up to 2011’s cult hit, Zero to Hero.
The Sound of Music, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, as suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp, is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. www.concordtheatricals.com.
The Sound of Music will be presented at Saipan World Resort on Dec. 3 and 4 with doors opening at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 for front row premium seats, $10 for preferred seating, and $5 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the school’s Business Office. To comply with COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines, tickets are limited and are available only on a first-come, first-served basis.
This production is made possible by support from the CNMI Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and the CNMI Council for Arts and Culture with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call 234-6184 or visit www.mountcarmelsaipan.com. (PR)