Betsy Farrar, Brady Tutton & More Join Jenn Gambatese in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
A roster of accomplished young singing actors from the Chicago area will portray the von Trapp Family children in Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of The Sound of Music, the company announced today. The new production will be led by Jenn Gambatese.
The Sound of Music opens Saturday, April 26 (including 24 performances and one preview performance on April 25) at Chicago's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, and continues through Sunday, May 18. The seven von Trapp Family children are being played by artists ranging in age from 6 to early 20s, with combined experience at acclaimed musical theater houses Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, Marriot Theatre in Lincolnshire, the Apollo Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and The Muny in St. Louis.
Betsy Farrar (Liesl) is currently appearing in Gypsy (Waitress/Caroline/Ethel Mae) in her Chicago Shakespeare Theater debut. The Ball State University graduate's other Chicago credits include Hello, Dolly! (Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook) and the Apollo Theater's Million Dollar Quartet.
Brady Tutton (Friedrich) has appeared in an episode of Chicago Fire, is the voice of Little Jack in the Disney TV show Doc McStuffins and has played Michael Banks/Mary Poppins at the Marriot Lincolnshire and title role/Oliver! in Drury Lane's production.
Julia Schweizer (Louisa) has studied voice and dance (ballet, jazz and tap), and has appeared in productions of Beauty & the Beast,Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Sound of Music at The Muny in St. Louis.
Michael Harp (Kurt) is an accomplished dancer (tap, ballet jazz, modern and hip-hop) and has appeared in numerous musicals at The Muny in St. Louis including Bye Bye Birdie, LES MISERABLES, Damn Yankees, Shrek the Musical, and Mary Poppins.
Isabelle Roberts (Brigitta) is currently in sixth grade and in addition to singing and acting, plays percussion and piano. She loves tumbling and circus arts and recently appeared in the role of Young Fiona in Shrek the Musical at Northwestern University.
KyLee Hennes (Marta) has been singing in church since she was 5. With her sisters and classmates she formed a band (Drivin' Hennes) to play at church picnics. KyLee is a student of tae kwon do and achieved the level of black belt last September.
Nicole Scimeca (Gretl) first appeared onstage when she was only two (Music Man). She's been in regional community theater productions of Beauty & the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie, and most recently Oliver!
Zach Sorrow (Rolf) has appeared in TV episodes of As the Word Turns and Law & Order: SVU. A recent graduate of Northwestern University, he's appeared regionally in Finian's Rainbow and The Who's Tommy at Berkshire Theater Group, and in NU productions including the Waa-Mu show, The Pajama Game as Sid Sorkin, and Henry Ford in Ragtime.
Cory Goodrich (Sister Margaretta) has appeared in a host of Chicago-area productions. Her 2010 portrayal of Mother in Ragtime at Drury Lane Oakbrook won her a Jeff Award for best actress.
Susan Moniz (Sister Berthe) debuted on Broadway as Sandy and Rizzo/Grease and starred as Josephine and Monica/Romance Romance on A&E. She has previously appeared in Lyric Opera productions of The Merry Widow, Show Boat, and Oklahoma!
Erin Elizabeth Smith (Sister Sophia) has portrayed Mrs. Lovett/ Sweeney Todd at the Juilliard Theatre and Edith/The Pirates of Penzance at New York City Opera. At Washington National Opera she performed the role Emilia/Otello opposite Plácido Domingo.
Mary Ernster (Frau Schmidt) has appeared in numerous Chicago-area productions including Sylviane/The Merry Widow at Lyric Opera, Aunt Julia/The Dead at Court Theatre, and Mrs. Anna/The King and I at Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre.
Dev Kennedy (Franz) has numerous cinema and television credits including such diverse films as Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Barbershop, and The Kill Reflex. He's appeared in a host of local theater productions and this year appeared in an episode of NBC's Chicago PD.
Rob Hunt (Herr Zeller) has performed on Broadway as Javert in LES MISERABLES and on national tours in Forever Plaid and South Pacific. Locally he's appeared in productions at Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Writers Theatre, and Light Opera Works.