Daily Star photo/CRAIG HAUPERT Tiffani Williams, right, playing Mother Abbess, sings “My Favorite Things” with Kaytlyn Miller, playing Maria, during dress rehearsal Wednesday for Niles High School’s upcoming musical “The Sound of Music.”

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Niles revives ‘Sound of Music’

Published 5:08am Thursday, March 1, 2012

Niles will be alive with “The Sound of Music” this weekend when Niles High School students revive the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic for the school’s annual spring musical.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Niles High School auditorium. Prices are $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased before hand at the high school and at the door.

“It’s one of our favorites, and people seem to like the story and the music,” said the show’s artistic director Lisetta Zahm. “I think most people do know the musical, and that’s why they come back and see it. It should be a lot of fun for everyone.”

Junior Stuart Coulston will play the role of Navy Captain Georg von Trapp, a widower who lives with his seven children in the hills of Austria.

“I am usually such a positive and energetic guy, so for me the hardest part was to play a character that is so serious and stern,” said Coulston, who has been acting since the fourth grade.

A nun, Maria Rainer, played by senior Kaytlyn Miller, is sent to help Captain von Trapp take care of his children. Rainer eventually falls in love with the Captain.

Miller plans to major in vocal performance at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids.

“It is something that I’d like to do, but I don’t really want to make a career out of it,” Miller said.

The musical is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp and features classic musical pieces such as “The Sound of Music,” “Edelweiss” and “My Favorite Things.”

“I think people will enjoy it because it is a love story,” Zahm said. “With the background, you think of the Alps, you think of another time and place, pre-war time. It appeals to different people for different reasons.”

Cast of ‘Sound of Music’

Role                         Actor

Maria                      Kaytlyn Miller

Capt. von Trapp   Stuart Coulston

Liesl                        Eva Nemeth

Friedrik                 John Schrader

Louisa                   Abigail Rzepka

Kurt                       Jared Masten

Brigitta                 Monica Bielski

Marta                    Miranda Bailey

Gretl                     Katelyn Phillips

Rolf Gruber        Danny Touhey

Max Detweiler   Carlos Hernandez

Elsa Schraeder   Danielle Villa

Mother Abbess   Tiffani Williams

Sister Berthe       Shante Burns

Sister Sophia       Rachel Girvin

Sister Margaretta   Emma Doud

Herr Zeller              Jon Lutin

Admiral von Shreiber   Trevonne Moore

Franz                       Jordan Kirby

Frau Schmidt        Laura Edwards

Baroness Elberfeld    Katy Stelter

New Postulant        Taylor Nelson

Nazi Soldier             Luis Auguire

Sisters of the Nonnberg Abbey — Rachel Boyer, Taylor Frazier, Brittany Klingerman, Ashley Lingle, Jenna McAllister, Katelyn Mueller, Stephanie Rickords, Jordan Rohl, Bailey Schneider, Kyra Stewart and Amelia Wregglesworth.

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