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The SVC Players to present “The Sound of Music” Feb. 22-25

by Public Relations | February 19, 2024

LATROBE, PA ­– The Saint Vincent College Players will present four performances of “The Sound of Music” at 7:30 on Thursday, Feb. 22, through Saturday, Feb. 24, plus a matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on campus.The Sound of Music Poster

All tickets are general admission and will be available beginning one hour before each show at the Performing Arts Center box office. Theatre doors will open 30 minutes before the start of each performance. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Saint Vincent students, faculty, staff and Benedictines will be admitted free with valid ID.

The SVC Players production will be directed by Greggory Brandt, assistant professor of theatre in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and producing artistic director of Saint Vincent Summer Theatre.

“Directing and producing a musical of this caliber takes a plethora of people with exceptional talents, and I am forever grateful for all of them, including a special group of amazingly talented students,” explained Brandt. “They continue to impress me as well as make me proud. I strongly feel you'll enjoy this simplistic approach to this beautiful musical.”

“The Sound of Music” debuted on the American stage in 1959 and was released as a movie in 1965. It was composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It’s based on the 1949 memoir “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” by Maria von Trapp. Set in Salzburg, Austria, the musical is a fictional retelling of von Trapp’s experiences as governess to seven children, her eventual marriage to their Georg von Trapp, and the family’s escape from the Germany-annexed Austria in 1938.

Leslie Hanson serves as the choreographer, Beth Shari as the costume designer, Cindy Baltzer as the music director, and Chad Castillo as set builder for the production. Maddie Klun, a junior communication and media studies major, is the assistant director, and Kate Lipscomb, a sophomore data science major, serves as stage manager. 

The cast leads include:

  • Maggie Sullivan, a senior music performance major from Waldorf, MD, as Mother Abbess
  • Anna Doelling, a senior biology major from Latrobe, as Maria Rainer
  • Reilly McKay, a junior communication and digital art & media double major from Ligonier, as Captain Georg von Trapp
  • Rachel Andreola, a senior mathematics major from Pleasant Hills, as Elsa Schraeder
  • Spencer Millay, a junior vocal performance and criminology double major from Montoursville, as Max Detweiler
  • Abigail McGinnis, a sophomore vocal performance major from Hollsopple, as Liesl von Trapp


-David Collins, English major, of Oakmont


ATTACHMENT: Sound of Music poster