Sound of Music Rehearsal- Manchester Essex Middle School Ready for Opening Night!

Just days away! Manchester Essex Regional Middle School presents the Sound of Music on May 5, 6, and 7. Below is a press release, cast list and rehearsal photos.

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The YMCA of the North Shore and Manchester Essex Regional Middle School (MERMS) are  proud to present one of the most famous musicals of all time: The Sound of MusicYouth Edition on Friday, May 5 at 7:00pm;  Saturday, May 6 at 7:00pm;  and Sunday, May 7 at 2:00pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. All tickets are $15.00. For ticketsgo to:

Directed by YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Specialist Heidi Dallin, the production features students from the Manchester Essex Regional Middle School playing some of the most beloved characters in theatre history. The Sound of Music was the final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein and features many cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, The Sound of Music The book of the musical was written by the Pulitzer Prize winning writing duo of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. A Broadway legend, Crouse spent his summers living in the Annisquam neighborhood of Gloucester. The Sound of Musicwon the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. Set in 1938 Austria, before the Nazi occupation, this inspirational story based on the memoir of Maria Augusta von Trapp, follows Maria Reiner, an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. 

MERMS 8th Grader Cate Vendt playing Maria Reiner and MERMS 7th Grader Jack Rousmaniere playing Captain von Trapp lead the cast of over 30 middle school actors. Director Heidi Dallin’s YMCA Theatre Production Team includes Music Director: Rin Wolter; Set, Prop and Costume Designer: Sarah Vandewalle; Stage Manager: Manchester native Jenny Hersey; Choreographer: Ts Burnham; Sound Designer: Francis Bordeleau; Set Tech: True Sayess and Lighting Designer: MERHS Sophomore Nicholas Haley.

 The YMCA of the North Shore and Manchester Essex Regional Middle School’s production of The Sound of Music Youth Edition will be presented at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA on Friday May 5, and Saturday May 6, at 7:00 p.m and Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 pm. All tickets are $15 and can be purchased at


Sound of Music Youth Edition CAST LIST

Maria RainerCate Vendt
Opening Number ensemble (mountains, trees, birds, a brook, etc)Grace Burgess, Kit Carpenter, Thomas Chrzanowski, Damian Etna, Kate Graeter, Annabelle Kerivan, Calvin Lee, Scarlet Lee, James Lamb, River Martin, Mady N, Jack Rousmaniere, Oscar Storella, Julian Zaremba
Sister Berthe, Mistress of NovicesSimone Argento
Sister MargeHarper Hemme
Sister AnneNatalia Woodman
Sister EttaMaddie Delaney
The Mother Abbess, in charge of the AbbeyScarlet Lee
Sister SophiaRosie Renehan
Nuns of the AbbeyKatelin Aloi, Sofia Colarusso, Elizabeth Coughlin,  Emily Fedorowich, Maya Khan, Paisley Koeplin, Estelle Lovett, Chloe Marletta, Hannah Meara, Anne Stevens, Antonia Vivanco
Captain Georg von TrappJack Rousmaniere
Franz, the butlerElizabeth Coughlin
Hellen, the ChefHannah Meara
Clara, the MaidKatelin Aloi
Annika, a servantEstelle Lovett
Emilia, a servantMaya Khan 
Frau Schmidt, the housekeeperAnne Stevens
Liesl (16)Kit Carpenter
Friedrich (14)Oscar Storella
Louisa (13)Kate Graeter
Kurt (10)Thomas Chrzanowski
Brigitta (9)River Martin
Marta (7)Grace Burgess
Gretl (youngest)Annabelle Kerivan
Rolf GruberDamian Etna
Max Detweiler, friend of CaptainCalvin Lee
GoatAntonia Vivanco
Girl in the Pale Pink CoatChloe Marletta
Folks In the TownSofia Colarusso, Maya Khan, Paisley Koeplin, Madelyn Nazzaro, Natalia Woodman, Rosie, Simone, Katelin, Maddie D, Harper, James, Damian, Scarlet, Estelle, Julian
MamaEmily Fedorowich
Herr Zeller, a German supporterFrau ZellerJames Lamb
Fraulein Zeller, Herr Zeller‘s SisterMadelyn Nazzaro
Baron Elberfeld, party guest against NazisJulian Zaremba
A New PostulantPaisley Koeplin
Admiral von Schreiber, admiral In German NavyChloe Marletta
German OfficialsDamian Etna, Maya Khan, James Lamb, Antonia Vivanco, 
Salzburg Accordion DancersElizabeth Coughlin, Paisley Koeplin, Hannah Meara
Festival JudgesEstelle Lovett, Anne Stevens, Julian Zaremba
The Trio of The Saengerbung of HerwegenSofia Colarusso, Emily Fedorowich, Madelyn Nazzaro
Fraulein SchweigerKatelin Aloi

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