Olentangy Orange High School will present the musical "The Sound of Music" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 29 through May 1.

Olentangy Orange High School will present the musical "The Sound of Music" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 29 through May 1.

Also planned is a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the high school, 2840 E. Orange Road, Lewis Center.

The musical depicts the romance between a family's governess, Maria, and widowed father, Captain Von Trapp, and the family's trials as they escaped Nazism in Austria.

"In our program we like to provide a variety of drama experiences throughout a student's high school career," teacher-director Cathy Swain-Abrams said in an e-mail. "'The Sound of Music' is a beloved classic of musical theatre. This is the 50th anniversary of the show and with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's recently revived London production, it is the perfect time to introduce the story of the von Trapp family to a new generation. Surprisingly, many students are not familiar with this classic."

Senior Kathleen Pellington portrays Mother Abbess, who oversees Maria at a convent.

"I like the strong, motherly nature of my character," Pellington wrote in an e-mail. "As the Reverend Mother, she is in charge of guiding the nuns, and I love how she is able to make tough and thoughtful decisions. Her connection and bond with Maria is strong, and she guides Maria in a motherly manner."

Senior Jonathan Mansour serves as student director and enjoys the responsibility of the role. "Being student director is a busy but enjoyable and rewarding experience," Mansour wrote in an e-mail. "The student director is given a level of creative freedom with the show and acts as a liaison between the director and the students. I lead the cast in warm-ups before every rehearsal. I help to make sure that everything is running smoothly and effectively."

Mansour said the cast and crew have spent a lot of time preparing for the show.

"'The Sound of Music' is a timeless musical that everyone can enjoy," he wrote. "We have put a lot of time and effort into this show and I promise it will show."

"(The show has a) touching plot and fantastic music; all involved have worked extremely hard to make this production a success," wrote Pellington.

Tickets cost $10, $8 for students and senior citizens. To reserve seats, call (740) 657-5112.