The Sound of Music

The Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Clay Center present The Sound of Music in the Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences on January 17, 18 and 25 at 7:30 PM with matinees on January 19, 25 and 26 at 2:00 PM.

Set in 1938, The Sound of Music is based on Maria von Trapp's autobiography The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Maria Rainer is a free-spirited nun whose love of freedom makes it obvious to her superiors that she is not suited for religious life. She is sent to be the governess to Captain George Von Trapp's seven troublesome children. Soon the children and even the strict Captain, who is engaged to a wealthy socialite, begin to admire Maria. Eventually, the Captain and Maria fall in love and are married. When the Nazis invade their homeland, Austria, the whole von Trapp family is forced to flee over the Alps to escape.

With The Sound of Music the epoch-making legendary team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II came to an end. Hammerstein passed away nine months after the 1959 opening on Broadway. The original production starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. It won five Tony Awards and was one of the longest running productions of the fifties. The 1965 film version co-starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and won five Academy Awards. Several awarded Broadway revivals have followed along with national tours, international productions, regional, educational and community productions. The Sound of Music remains the world's most beloved musical. The celebrated score includes the title song plus Climb Ev'ry Mountain, My Favorite Things, and Edelweiss.



Rudi Arrowood

Captain von Trapp

Chris Terpening

Mother Abbess

Dionne Canterbury


Emma Alley


Benjamin Robert Valleau


Bria White


Zene Cooper


Marleigh Adkins


Kate Erlewine


Lucia Lipton

Rolf Gruber

Dakota Burdette

Sister Margaretta

Anna Myers

Sister Sophia

Samantha Hight

Sister Berthe

Julie Miller

Elsa Schrader

Erika Hogge

Max Detweiler

Jamison Miller

Frau Schmidt / Nun

Patricia Rogers


Mark Felton

Ursula / Nun

Taylor Shaw

Herr Zeller

Jim Damron

Admiral von Shreiber

Clint Thomas

Baron Elberfeld

Marc D. Golden

Nun / Trio

Kaylee Burdette


Hannah Bird


Andrea Elkins

Nun / Trio

Olivia Hughes

Nun / Baroness

Anne Marie Haddy


Grace Walker-Matthews


Hannah O'Brien

Nun / Trio

Elaina Smith


Meredith Aliff


Blaine E. Miller


Delaney Wells

Nazi Soldier

Finn Alpers

Nazi Soldier

Alex Fox

Nazi Soldier

Stevie Jenkins



Nina Denton Pasinetti

Musical Director/Conductor

David Patrick


John Patrick