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LaGrange Civic Theatre prepares for The Sound of Music

The LaGrange Civic Theatre (LCT) continues to rehearse each night for their performance of The Sound of Music, to debut next weekend, Aug. 1-4, at The Howe School Bouton Auditorium. The musical will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and the Sunday show will be at 2 p.m.

   Elizabeth Walb of LaGrange will be the leading lady “Maria” this year, and she is happy to be with a great cast. Walb has a long history with the LaGrange Civic Theatre – she has been involved since she was in her beginning years of elementary school.

    LaGrange Civic Theatre left the scene for a few years in 2007, when they lost their piano player, but it started back up again in 2010 with The Wizard of Oz, in which Walb played the part of “Dorothy.”

    This year’s cast is composed of almost 30 people of all ages, and Walb stresses how great of an atmosphere LCT provides. “It is very family-oriented,” said Walb, “Captain Von Trapp [played by Chris Horn] is the father of Gretl [Charlotte Horn] in real life.”

    Civic theatre can also be balanced with work, school, and other time-consuming activities. Walb works full time in Elkhart and she is able to make it back to Howe in time for dinner and rehearsal, which runs until about 9:30 p.m. each night. The cast normally rehearses for six full weeks before their opening night, and the rehearsal schedule is light enough for young children and busy adults to handle.

    Walb enjoys the wide variety of people involved, ranging from age 5 to over 70. “The kids are all really great this year,” Walb stated.

   The cast will continue to rehearse until opening night, running dress rehearsals during the week.

   The performance of The Sound of Music is directed by Robert Kinsey, assisted by Deb Muntz, choreographed by Adrianne Vogler, musically directed by Tim Becze, and stage managed by David Snyder.

    The story follows Maria (Walb), a free-spirited nun who is hired to take care of Captain Von Trapp’s (Chris Horn) seven children. Although at first Maria is clumsy and rejected, she brings joy and music to the family. At the beginning of Hitler’s reign, the family must flee the country through the Alps. 

    Walb said that she is both nervous and excited about the show, and she’s thankful that she’s gotten “a lot of support” from her family, friends, and fellow cast members.