The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music

Beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein Family Musical Returns on Stage at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Sound of Music

By Nancy Brozek

The Sound of Music is returning to the Grand Rapids Civic Stage, November 15 – December 15.  The show features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein Family Musical was based off the memoirs of Maria Augusta Trapp’s “The Trapp Family Singers”.


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final collaboration has become cherished by family audiences around the world. The musical’s fame inspired the creation of the most popular movie musical of all time, making the show in high demand.


“The message to take away from the show is that I hope people would value family, courage and sticking together,” said Penelope Notter, director of The Sound of Music, “This is a brave family, who would not tolerate evil and instead risked their lives to get away. It’s a pretty compelling story. And it is true.”


The Sound of Music follows the story of Maria Rainer, a spirited young woman who was dispatched from a convent to serve as a governess for seven children of the widowed Captain von Trapp. Gradually, the relationship between the stern Captain and Maria grows into a marriage. The couple returns from their honeymoon to find Austria invaded by the Nazis, who call upon the Captain’s service. The story concludes as the family narrowly escapes to Switzerland on the eve of World War II, creating one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in theatre.


Ticket Prices $18 – $35


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