INSPIRED by the show business adage, “The show must go on”, the Mount Carmel School Drama Club recently announced that it is proceeding safely with rehearsals and new performance dates for “The Sound of Music “, which will now premiere on January 26 and 28, 2022.
Originally scheduled for December 3 and 4, the show had to be postponed due to the recent uptick in community transmission of Covid-19, which led to a temporary suspension of extracurricular activities at the school. As well as postponing performances, show manager and club adviser Galvin Deleon Guerrero also announced that with the exception of one rehearsal, rehearsals would be avoided throughout December. As Deleon Guerrero shared with the parents of cast and crew members, “We did this to allow the public health situation to improve, we can avoid conflicts with student exams and important family and community events, and we can give students the most needed. rest to take care of their mental health.
Additionally, when rehearsals resume, the club will put in place additional safety measures to help prevent and protect against the spread of Covid-19. Per school policy, all cast and crew members must provide the school office with proof of vaccinations. The club will also be securing face shields for all cast members so they can safely sing and recite lines without the impediment of a face mask. Additionally, to ensure adequate air ventilation in a setting that helps prevent the spread of airborne coronavirus, all large group rehearsals will be moved to the school cafeteria. The club also announced that it will continue to follow and enforce Covid-19 mitigation protocols, including but not limited to temperature checks, logging for contact tracing purposes, physical distancing and face masks/shields.
In addition to being conducted by Galvin Deleon Guerrero, the show will feature live music from the Mount Carmel School Orchestra conducted by Julian Greening and vocal direction by Jener Pineda and Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero.
Winner of five Tony Awards and five Oscars, “The Sound of Music” was the final collaboration between powerhouse theatrical duo, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The story is based on the memoirs of Maria Augusta Trapp and follows an exuberant postulate who serves as governess to the imperious Captain von Trapp’s seven children, bringing music and joy to the home. But as the forces of Nazism take over Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.
Launched in 1996, the MCS Theater Club celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, commemorating more than 50 theater and film productions, including several Disney musicals, numerous Shakespearean plays and a number of original productions. The club began this year’s celebration in February with the sold-out premiere of the latest entry in its award-winning “We Drank Our Tears” series, the “Stories of Visitacion, Henry and Dave” at American Memorial Park. The club continued the celebration in April with William Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ and in May with the feature film ‘Zero2Hero’, a sequel to the 2011 cult hit ‘Zero to Hero’. “The Sound of Music” will conclude the club’s celebration throughout the year.
“The Sound of Music”, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, as suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp, is presented in agreement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of the Rodgers & Hammerstein organization. www.concordtheatricals.com
“The Sound of Music” will premiere at Saipan World Resort on January 26 and 28, 2022, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for premium front row seats, $10 for preferred seats, and $5 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the school business office. To comply with Covid-19 mitigation guidelines, tickets are limited and only available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The production is made possible with support from the CNMI Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and the CNMI Arts and Culture Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information call 234-6184 or visit www.mountcarmelsaipan.com