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SRO Theatre Company

Sound of Music opens at Shedd, runs to March 2


Central Ohio residents are bringing The Sound of Music to the stage today (Feb. 20) through March 2 at the Shedd Theatre in the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave., courtesy of SRO Theatre Company.

With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, the musical, which tied as a 1960 Tony Award winner, tells the story of a postulant who becomes a governess to the seven children of a widower and how their lives change through love and music.

The story is based on Maria Augusta Trapp's memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

Paula Shtein of Gahanna plays as Liesl von Trapp.

Shtein is a Lincoln High School senior who plans to major in vocal performance at Capital University's Conservatory of Music next year.

She has been singing since age 5 and discovered a passion for acting in middle school.

Shtein has performed in productions at the school and at Gallery Players.

"This is my first time in the Sound of Music," she said. "I'm excited. It has been fun. The whole cast has been great."

Other cast members listed by residence are as follows:

* Bexley -- Angie Duncan, Sister Sophia, and Jillian Savage, Gretl von Trapp.

* Clintonville -- Frank A. Barnhart, director; Melissa Christophersen Redmill, nun; Francois Dean, Herr Zeller; and Nathaniel Thomas, Friedrich von Trapp.

* Columbus -- William Darby IV, Captain George von Trapp; Meredith Hunsaker, nun; and Sharon M. Kibe, Maria.

* Grove City -- Alicia Brown, nun; Heather Carvel, the Mother Abbess; and Keegan Sells, Kurt von Trapp.

* Hilliard -- Sophia Caraline Ribar, Marta von Trapp.

* Marysville -- Taryn Melynn Barton, Elsa Schraeder.

* New Albany -- Avery Bank, Brigitta.

* Powell -- Cassie Gress, Sister Margaretta; Bruce F. Huffman, Admiral von Schreiber; Catherine J. Huffman, nun, new postulant and production's choreographer; and Taryn J. Huffman, Louisa von Trapp.

* Westerville -- Dawn Farrell, Frau Schmidt; Ronald E. Nocks, Max Detweiller; and Devon Porter, Rolf Gruber.

The musical director is Bryan Babcock.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20-22; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23; 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (age 55 and older), $15 for SRO members, $10 for students. Tickets for the 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, show are $15 for adults and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at

SRO was established in 1984 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1989. The name was changed from Grandparents Living Theatre to (SRO Senior Repertory of Ohio) Theatre Company in 1999. The company has been a pioneer leader in senior theatre nationally and internationally for 26 years and introduced Deaf Theatre to Columbus audiences in 2003 with the bilingual adaptation of the musical, The Fantasticks. Currently known as SRO Theatre Company, it develops original and revives existing productions for multigenerational casts and staffs by blending professional, semi-professional and amateur talent from in Ohio.