A tuneful, heart-warming story based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world’s best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Our own student,Kabuki, plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home. The Sound of Music, which takes place during the late 1930s, opens on a sweeping view of the Austrian Alps and a young woman, Maria (played by (Kabuki, IB 2) singing. When she hears church bells, she hurries back to the abbey, where she is a postulant, but she arrives too late for the church service. She tries to explain herself to the Mother Abbess (Nia Abigail IB 2), who tells her that she is to take up a position as governess to the seven children of the widowed former naval officer Captain Georg von Trapp (Daniel Muriuki, Form 3). When she arrives to take up her post, she learns that the captain requires military discipline from his children (ranging in age from 5 to 16) and expects the same from Maria. After dinner the eldest, Liesl (Ashley Mutwilili IB 2), sneaks out to meet with Rolfe (Robert IB 2), a telegraph messenger. Maria’s warmth and kindness quickly win the children’s affection.

The following day the captain leaves on a trip to Vienna. While he is away, Maria determines to teach the children a song. The captain his friend Max Detweiler (Zeliq Maxwell form 2) and is displeased to see his children wearing old clothes mande form curtains and he fires Maria. Max suggests that he enter the children in the upcoming Salzburg Festival, but the captain refuses. He does agree to host a ball, however. At the ball, Brigit points out to Maria that she may be in love with her father. Horrified, Maria packs and returns to the abbey. The children are miserable without Maria and admittedly, so is their father. At the abbey, the Mother Abbess tells Maria that she cannot hide from her feelings and must return to the von Trapps. After her return, the captain and Maria admit their love for each other. Incidentally, Austria is annexed by Nazi Germany (the Anschluss) while they are on their honeymoon. While Max is rehearsing the children for the Salzburg Festival, Rolfe gives Liesl a telegram to give to her father upon his return. The telegram informs the captain that he is to report for duty in the German navy the following day. The captain and Maria decide that the family must leave Austria that night. However, Nazi troops led by Herr Zeller (Mathew Muathime IB 2) catch them pushing their car away from the house. The captain tells them that they are on their way to perform in the Salzburg Festival, and the Nazis escort them there. After the family performs, they escape to the abbey. The Nazis follow them there, and they hide among the catacombs. Rolfe, who is with the Nazi troops, spots them. He allows them to escape but then calls out that he has seen them. The von Trapps flee into the mountains, which the Nazis are unable to follow because the nuns cover for them.




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