VAN WERT — The Niswonger Performing Arts Center will be alive with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” Saturday to cap off the 2018-19 season.
The adaptation will keep the integrity of the 1965 Julie Andrews film, but with the addition of a few modern tweaks, said Kylie Owens, director of marketing for Niswonger.
“If you like the movie, you will really enjoy the Broadway performance,” Owens said. “The tweaks they add really spices it up a bit.”
“The Sound of Music” first graced Broadway stages in 1959, a fact that President of Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization Ted Chapin said most audiences forget.
“Because of the enormous success of the film, few were aware that it started life as a hit Broadway show — and a very big hit at that! The artists behind this production embraced what the authors wrote, looked at it all through modern eyes and, in so doing, found depth and resonance that has been recognized by critics and audiences across the country,” Chapins stated in a press release. “It’s like visiting an old friend but finding yourself surprised as well. It’s also a reminder of why this show is such an evergreen.”
Owens said they are not only expecting those who grew up with the musical, but younger generations tagging along as well.
“Because it’s a very well known movie, it’s something that everyone in their childhood has remembered watching on TV,” Owens said. “You would think it would be more of the older audience, but families want to pass it down and have it with their kids, it’s something special to hold on to.”
Prior to the 7:30 p.m. show, the Niswonger will will have a presentation celebrating Paul Hoverman’s last show as executive director for Niswonger, a position he has held since 2005. A reception to honor Hoverman will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the Niswonger’s Van Wert Federal Grand Lobby.
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