R&H Theatricals Releases Shortened Student Version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC
R&H Theatricals, a division of Rodgers & Hammerstein has released a student version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, it was announced today by Rodgers & Hammerstein president Ted Chapin. This new theatrical property is part of R&H's Getting to Know Collection. Applications are being accepted now, with materials shipping in February for customers in the USA and Canada and at a later date for other countries around the world. Schools and educational musical theater groups interested in licensing the musical may contact http://www.rnh.com/collection/10/Getting-To-Know.
The hour-long musical was adapted for young performers by iTheatrics under the supervision of its founder and CEO, Timothy Allen McDonald. iTheatrics is collaborating with Rodgers & Hammerstein to completely re-imagine the entire Getting to Know Collection. Getting to Know... THE SOUND OF MUSIC will be the first title to feature the new materials.
"THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the world's most enduringly popular musical. Its familiar story of the von Trapp family and the woman who starts as their governess has proven to be far more than a simple tale. As with any good story, there is an underlying truth: that we each have a life we were born to live, and it is our task to find that life. And, of course, for THE SOUND OF MUSIC Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote some of the best songs of all time. The fact that in collaboration with iTheatrics we can now bring a student version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC to the school market is reason for celebration," says Chapin.
R&H Theatricals selected iTheatrics to create the student version of the show as well as accompanying support resources for educators - which are designed to make sure that anyone, anywhere has the tools and information necessary to successfully stage a musical production with students. These resources include a Production Guide for directors, a Vocal Recording for rehearsal, a recording of the Accompaniment Music and a Choreography and Staging DVD, which takes directors step-by-step through the process of creating and staging musical numbers. In an industry-wide first, Getting to Know... THE SOUND OF MUSIC Production Pack will include a downloadable Rehearsal Ready Pack, which will provide teachers the ability to download key components like the Production Guide and Vocal Tracks prior to receiving their physical Production Pack.
"To be able to re-imagine and adapt THE SOUND OF MUSIC for young people to perform was at first a really daunting task. But once we rolled up our sleeves and started workshopping the show with our kids we quickly found a way to bring the show to life in the most imaginative way that will also be achievable in school and afterschool programs everywhere" says McDonald.
Getting to Know... THE SOUND OF MUSIC is adapted from the musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC, featuring music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, which was based on the book "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp. The 1965 motion picture version of the show, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and directed by Robert Wise, remains the most popular movie musical of all time. The film earned five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and has been included in the National Film Registry. On December 5th, 2013 NBC will broadcast a live production of the stage musical starring six time Grammy Award winner and American Idol alum, Carrie Underwood.