Stage is set for fall musical

Local children who will become the Von Trapp children rehearse with Malerie Yeaton (Maria). Left to right Rhegan Sheppard, Isabel Kulm, Rachel Heinemann, Malerie Yeaton, Josephine Wright (front), Ben Kulm, Justin Haugen, and Rebecca Heinemann.

It isn’t the hills but the prairie that will soon be alive with The Sound of Music. More than 60 local performers are on stage nearly every night right now at the Crystal Theatre for rehearsals of the classic and beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
“We have wanted to perform the “Sound of Music” for many years but for one reason or another it just hasn’t worked out. The main reason has been trying to obtain the rights to perform the show,” said director Dan Sutton.
There is a lot of work happening behind the scenes to pull the production off, including, as you can imagine, learning a lot of music. The Broadway original features all of the classic hits you’ve likely seen again and again each year if you’ve ever watched the film. But it’s work that draws out more and more each year as actors because they’ll tell you that it’s also a lot of fun.
“The people, they’re fun to work with,” said Karissa Nolan, a junior at Flandreau High School. “We’re all like family.” Nolan was also in last year’s production of Elf.
Lyla Thompson, also a junior at FHS, added, “It’s just a really fun experience for people who haven’t done theater. There’s this big sense of community and friendship in theater that is one of the greatest things about it and why I keep doing it.”
Show dates are November 3rd - 6th with evening performances at 7:30pm (Thu-Sat) and matinees at 2:00pm (Sat-Sun). Tickets go on sale October 19th for Friends of “The Sound of Music”, the 20th for season ticket holders, and the 21st for the general public.  
Ticket prices are $18 adult and $10 12 and under.
If you’re wondering what it means to be a “Friend” of the production, Sutton said that this year, a $50 donation would get interested parties two tickets to the show. The donation helps to defray the cost of performing the musical. Checks can be dropped off at Kuhle-Sutton Agency or you can send a check to P.O. Box 12.
Season tickets are good for this show also.  
“This is one of the most well known and beloved musicals of all time and we are excited to perform it on our stage at the Crystal Theatre,” said Sutton.
The Sound of Music is considered among this year’s season ticket performances, he added, so if you are currently a season ticket holder, these would be 2 additional tickets. Season ticket holders will be able to reserve seats before tickets are sold to the general public. Your name will also be entered in a drawing to win a season ticket for 2023.
Reservations are highly recommended, said Sutton. Everyone, including season ticket holders and Friends of “The Sound of Music”, must contact the Crystal Theatre box office (in person or by phone, 864-0517) to reserve seats. No reservations can be made before Oct. 19.
Box office will be open 11:00 to 1:00 on:
October 19 for Friends of “The Sound of Music” October 20 for season ticket holders and Friends October 21 for general public
Oct. 24, 26, 28, 31 Nov. 1-4 for general public
Or call 605-864-0517 to purchase tickets and reserve seats Thank you for your support of the Crystal Theatre.

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