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Musical opens this weekend at QMT

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By The Staff

“The Sound of Music” opens Friday at 8 p.m. on the Quincy Music Theatre stage, 118 E. Washington Street in Quincy’s historic district.

Set in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria Rainer, a free-spirited nun hired by Capt. George von Trapp to care for his seven children.

Jessica Wright Applegate returns to QMT as Maria. Nick Henn, last seen at QMT as Gov. Slaton in “Parade,” is the captain. The roles of the von Trapp children have been double-cast to allow more stage time for very gifted young people and to accommodate two extra performances of this production.

Kristen Rowell, who is ably accompanied by Ben Gunter, music director, directs this stunning show for all ages. David Rowell does the choreography in this favorite with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse wrote the book from which the musical was created.

The show runs April 24-26, 30 and May 1-3. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., the Saturday matinee begins at 2 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m. Sponsor for this QMT production is the Croley Insurance Agency.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.qmtonline.com, by calling the theatre at 850-875-9444 or dropping by the box office Monday through Friday between the hours of 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $16.50 for adults, and $13.50 for seniors and students.

This really is a family show – Kristen and David's kids are in the cast as are costumer Karen Mesterton-Gibbons’ (it’s Alex and Sarah’s fourth show on the QMT stage). Returning for her second show this season, Elyse Wahlquist plays Liesl.

The Quincy Music Theatre is a nonprofit community musical theatre now concluding its 26th season. For information, call 875-9444, e-mail qmt@tds.net or visit the Web site at www.qmtonline.com.