Pekin Community High School’s spring production of “The Sound of Music” this weekend looks to transport theatergoers away from their daily lives and problems, said show director Shayla Ewing.
“The Sound of Music” was first produced on Broadway in 1959, with original music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.
“A classic musical like this being performed by this student body, the audience is in store for a phenomenal show,” said Ewing.
Ewing, who also teaches English at PCHS, will be directing her sixth show in her third year at PCHS. Performance dates are at 6:30 p.m. April 19 and 20 and at 2 p.m. April 21.
“It has actually been a really cool experience for the students to have a show that is more traditional, because it allows them to really dive into what that means for theater and how some of these classic shows are really fun to perform,” said Ewing. “It’ll be really challenging, but more importantly, rewarding for the kids to put on a show like this one.”
When asked about how the students felt about performing such a traditional musical Ewing said, “A lot of my students during auditions initially weren’t really familiar with the show at all, because they seemed to be familiar with more recent musicals such as ‘Bring It On’ and ‘Legally Blonde.’”
The production of the show itself is very involved for both the students and Ewing. Each scene has its own set change that the students have to perform themselves. Executing routine costume changes after each scene will be very pivotal for the success of the show as well.
“The overall level of a Rodgers and Hammerstein production is much more difficult than other shows you could elect to produce or direct, because the level of involvement is so high for not only the students but for me as a director,” said Ewing.
Ewing looks for a lot from the students in the show.
“I expect the students to put on such a quality show that allows the audience to forget that they’re even at a high school production,” said Ewing. “We want the audience to forget about their hard day at work or school that day and just being able to give them a few hours of escapism and enjoyment is our goal.”
Tickets are currently on sale at the PCHS Branch Financial Office and will also be sold at the door. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.