Local theater premieres old favorite to start new season

September 18, 2013 by  

The Temecula Valley Players are kicking off their new season with an old favorite. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘The Sound of Music’ premiered at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater on Thursday, September 12, and the show will run through the month.

The internationally beloved musical tells the story of a young woman who leaves her religious studies in a convent to become the governess of a Naval officer’s seven motherless children just before World War II. It is based on the memoir of the Maria von Trapp, and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in 1965.

For the Temecula Valley Players, the lead role of songstress Maria will be played by local actress and singer Barbara Chiofalo. The stoic Captain von Trapp will be played by Tim Harvey. Audiences can expect to hear all their favorite songs from the musical, including ‘My Favorite Things’ and ‘Do-Re-Mi’.

The Sound of Music is the first production of the community theater’s 31st season. The theater is housed in the historic Mercantile Building, which was first built in 1890. In addition to the new 361-seat main theater, the venue features 48-seat club-style performance space, a dance studio, classrooms, an orchestra pit, and visual art gallery.

The Temecula Old Town Community Theater is located at 42051 Main Street in Temecula. The Sound of Music runs through September 29, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and military personnel.

Local theaters have a rich history of community promotion, often relying on local printing companies to produce brochures, flyers, and programs to raise awareness of their artistic endeavors.