Surflight Theatre Presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 7/24

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Surflight Theatre Presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 7/24

The hills are alive as Surflight Theatre continues its 2012 season with the heartwarming family classic, The Sound of Music. Directed and choreographed by Charles Abbott, with music direction by Ben Krauss, The Sound of Music opens July 24 and runs through August 25, 2012. Tickets ($36-$54) are available by calling 609-492-9477 or at www.surflight.org.

Surflight Theatre, under the leadership of award-winning Broadway Producers Timothy Laczynski (The Pee-Wee Herman Show, A Christmas Story), Executive Producer and Roy Miller (A Christmas Story, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ragtime, and the upcoming new musical Animal House) Artistic Director, are proud to present this family friendly classic, last seen on the Surflight stage in 2000.

Based on Maria von Trapp's inspiring novel, "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers," The Sound of Music features an unforgettable score by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, with a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The story revolves around Maria; a free-spirited, aspiring nun assigned to serve as a governess who restores harmony to the von Trapp family before the Nazi Anschluss forces them to flee their beloved homeland.

The unforgettable score features some of Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs including "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," and "Climb Every Mountain." Surflight's production also features two songs written by Richard Rodgers for the film version, "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good."

The cast for Surflight's The Sound of Music includes Crystal Kellogg (Maria), Al Bundonis (Capt. Von Trapp), Megan Thomas (Mother Abbess), John-Charles Kelly (Max Detweiler), Kristen Marie (Elsa Schraeder), Jenavene Bazacas (Liesl), Sasha Hayden Zitofsky (Friedrich), Devlin Stark (Louisa), Gavin Brennan (Kurt), Sienna Grinwald-Alves (Brigitta), Hadley Magaziner (Marta), Nina Randazzo (Gretl), Marsha Waterbury (Sister Berthe), Jessica Kelly (Frau Schmidt), Kayley Anne Collins (Sr. Margaretta), Seth Bazacas (Franz), Daniel Plimpton (Rolf), Alliy Drago (Sister Sophia), Vincent D'Elia (Baron Elberfeld/Admiral von Schreiber), Mike Longo (Herr Zeller), Melissa Rose Hirsch (Frau Zeller), P.J. Adzima, Emily Brennan, Sarah Feinmark, Alexandra London, Jennifer Margulis, Colton Pometta, Chrissy Hartzell, Jillian Riley, Rob Ryan, and Scott Shaefitz.

The production team of The Sound of Music includes Kevin Allen (Set Designer), Cathleen Edwards (Costume Designer), Sam Gordon (Lights), and Alan Douches (Sound). Kevin Clutz is production stage manager and Julie Watson production manager.

The final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. The Sound of Music opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 16, 1959. Starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, with direction by Vincent Donohue and choreography by Joe Layton, The Sound of Music ran in New York for a total of 1,433 performances, and won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical (it tied with Fiorello!). Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer starred in the universally acclaimed 1965 Academy Award-winning film version. Hallmark produced a 1998 Broadway revival that starred Rebecca Luker and Michael Seberry, who were succeeded by Laura Benanti and Richard Chamberlain. Since its Broadway debut in 1959 the score for: The Sound of Music has captivated theater and movie-goers all over the world, and its timeless story line-the joys of love and family threatened by impending war-continues to resonate with audiences, especially today as we experience a world in conflict.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (Music and Lyrics). After long and distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (composer, 1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (librettist/lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in the American musical theatre. Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, was also the first of a new genre, the musical play, blending Rodgers' sophisticated style of musical comedy with Hammerstein's innovations in operetta. Oklahoma! was followed by Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, Me and Juliet, Pipe Dream, Flower Drum Song, and The Sound of Music. Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote one musical specifically for the big screen, State Fair, and one for television, Cinderella. Collectively, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals earned 34 Tony Awards, 14 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards, and two Emmy Awards. For more on the wonderful world of Rodgers & Hammerstein log on to their state-of-the-art website: www.rnh.com.

Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (Book). The partnership of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse stands as one of the longest collaboration of any writers in theatrical history, lasting for more than 28 years. In addition to The Sound of Music, their hit shows include Anything Goes; the long-run record holder Life With Father, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The State of the Union, Red Hot and Blue, Hooray for What, Life with Mother, Call Me Madam and Mr. President.

Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Avenue, is located in historic Beach Haven, New Jersey. Performances are Tuesday, July 24 at 2pm and 8pm, Wednesday, July 25 at 2pm, Thursday, July 26 at 2pm and 8pm, Friday, July 27 at 8pm, Saturday, July 28 at 8pm, Sunday, July 29 at 2pm, Tuesday, July 31 at 2pm and 8pm, Wednesday, August 1 at 2pm, Thursday, August 2 at 2pm and 8pm, Friday, August 3 at 8pm, Saturday, August 4 at 8pm, Sunday, August 5 at 2pm, Tuesday, August 7 at 2pm and 8pm, Wednesday, August 8 at 2pm, Thursday, August 9 at 2pm and 8pm, Friday, August 10 at 8pm, Saturday, August 11 at 8pm, Sunday, August 12 at 2pm, Tuesday, August 14at 2pm and 8pm, Wednesday, August 15 at 2pm, Thursday, August 16 at 2pm and 8pm, Friday, August 17 at 8pm, Saturday, August 18 at 8pm, Sunday, August 19 at 2pm, Tuesday, August 21 at 2pm and 8pm, Wednesday, August 22 at 2pm, Thursday, August 23 at 2pm and 8pm, Friday, August 24 at 2pm and 8pm, Saturday, August 25 at 8pm. Tickets are $36-$54. Youth Tickets (ages 12 and under) are ½ price with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket. Student Rush tickets are available one hour before performances with Student ID. Student Rush tickets are available one hour before performances with Student ID. Tickets are available online at www.surflight.org. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Surflight box office, by phone at 609-492-9477. For groups (15 or more) call: 609-492-9477 x201.

Surflight Theatre's 2012 season continues with an all-new and entirely original musical comedy Once Upon A Time in New Jersey (it's "The Sopranos" meets "Happy Days") (August 28 - September 15), Steel Magnolias (September 19 - October 7), the long-running hit revue I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (touted as "Seinfeld set to music") (October 10 - 21), Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (October 24 - November 4), and Irving Berlin's White Christmas (November 23 - December 21).

Celebrating its 63rd season of "Broadway at the Beach," Surflight Theatre, a not-for-profit professional arts organization, is one of the country's popular summer theaters. Founded by Joseph P. Hayes in 1950 in historic Beach Haven, NJ, and now under the leadership of award-winning Broadway Producers Timothy Laczynski (A Christmas Story, The Pee-Wee Herman Show,) and Roy Miller (A Christmas Story, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ragtime, and the upcoming new musical Animal House), Surflight Theatre is dedicated to providing live professional theatre with mainstage productions featuring celebrity performers, a headliner comedy and concert series under the famed "Catch A Rising Star" Comedy Club banner, children's theatre, and year-round arts-in-education programs and special events. Attracting audiences from all 21 NJ counties and 50 states, Surflight is the recipient of New Jersey Governor's Tourism Arts Award and Excellence in Tourism Award. Surflight Theatre also serves as a training ground for young theatre artists through our apprentice program, the Surflight Theatre Arts Resource School (S.T.A.R.S.) and Surflight To-Go, a touring educational theatre troupe for student audiences (K-12). Surflight Theatre's programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Ocean County Freeholders and Ocean First Foundation. Additional major support is provided by generous contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. Surflight Theatre is a member of New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the South Jersey Cultural Alliance. Visit www.surflight.org for more information.

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