The Sound of Music

Let your heart sing once more when a free-spirited young woman is sent to take care of seven precocious children of a widowed naval captain. One of the best-loved musicals of all time and based on the true story of Maria and the von Trapp family, The Sound of Music features cherished songs like “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”

The Sound of Music is not part of either the John Viars Theatre or Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre season ticket. However, season ticket holders get to purchase tickets at a discount.

Two ways to see The Sound of Music

In-person: Dec. 3-19, 2021

Buy in-person performances

Our safety guide has been updated and reflects these main changes.

  1. Masks are required for everyone over the age of 2 regardless of vaccination status for performances of The Sound of Music. Volunteers and guests who do not comply will not be admitted and tickets will be refunded.
  2. The Playhouse will seat at full capacity if demand warrants.
  3. There will be no autographs after the show.

Please note: The Playhouse remains committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for volunteers and guests and as such we are monitoring the current recommendations, guidelines, and restrictions to which we are subject. Based on CDC and state guidelines at the time of your event, protocols may include mask enforcement, social distancing, or more. Volunteers and guests who do not comply with Playhouse policies will not be admitted and guest tickets will be refunded. Click here to download our full safety guide updated Aug. 31, 2021.

 

Recorded performances: Dec. 3-19, 2021
Please note this is not video-on-demand. You will need to purchase a specific viewing time. These viewing times are the exact same times as our in-person performances. The recorded performance will be the final dress rehearsal, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.

© 2020. THIS AUDIO-VISUAL PRESENTATION WAS PRODUCED BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH CONCORD THEATRICALS CORP. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THIS AUDIO-VISUAL PRESENTATION IS AUTHORIZED FOR NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY. FURTHER DISTRIBUTION OF THIS PRESENTATION BY DOWNLOAD, STREAMING, REPOSTING, BROADCAST, TELECAST, OR IN ANY OTHER MANNER OR MEDIUM, IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED, A VIOLATION OF THE AUTHOR(S)’S RIGHTS, AND ACTIONABLE UNDER APPLICABLE COPYRIGHT LAW. WARNING: FEDERAL LAW PROVIDES SEVERE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR THE UNAUTHORIZED REPRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION OR EXHIBITION OF COPYRIGHTED AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS. CRIMINAL COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI AND MAY CONSTITUTE A FELONY WITH A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF UP TO FIVE (5) YEARS IN PRISON AND/OR A $250,000 FINE.

Buy recorded performances

Click here to download a digital The Sound of Music P Bill Jr. The Download Playbill link below is for the main playbill.

Performance Times:
7:00 PM Thursdays & Fridays, 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
School Matinees:
9:30 AM, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021
Theatre:
John Viars Theatre
Run Time:
2 hours 45 minutes including a 15-minute intermission
Content Advisory:
Playhouse holiday productions are intended for ages 5 and up. The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age-appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515.277.6261.
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Company

  • Baron Elberfeld

    Javier Anselmo

    Baron Elberfeld
  • Maria Rainer

    Jess Belch

    Maria Rainer
  • Max Detweiler

    Brian Bopp

    Max Detweiler
  • Nun / Ursula

    Alison Buechler

    Nun / Ursula
  • Frau Schmidt

    Cheryl Gillespie Clark

    Frau Schmidt
  • Marta (shared role)

    Vivian Rosalie Coleman

    Marta (shared role)
  • Sister Sophia

    Kersten Daubitz

    Sister Sophia
  • Gretl (shared role)

    Naomi Davidson

    Gretl (shared role)
  • Party Guest / Herwegen Trio

    Miclo Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez

    Party Guest / Herwegen Trio
  • Sister Margaretta

    Greta Hammond

    Sister Margaretta
  • Friedrich

    Ryan Henzi

    Friedrich
  • Baroness Elberfeld / Nun

    Willow Huber

    Baroness Elberfeld / Nun
  • Louisa

    Dawson Huinker

    Louisa
  • Liesl

    Sage Johnson

    Liesl
  • Marta (shared role)

    Alyssa Lee

    Marta (shared role)
  • Brigitta

    Tatum Lowell

    Brigitta
  • Frau Zeller / Nun

    Rachel McDermott

    Frau Zeller / Nun
  • Nun / Fraulein Schweiger

    Amy McGrew

    Nun / Fraulein Schweiger
  • Elsa Schraeder

    Taylor Millar

    Elsa Schraeder
  • Nun

    Megan Geddes Murdoch

    Nun
  • Capt Georg von Trapp

    Matthew Nicholson

    Capt Georg von Trapp
  • Gretl (shared role)

    Ingrid Oakley

    Gretl (shared role)
  • Franz

    Jake Parks

    Franz
  • Rolf Gruber

    Gavin Runles

    Rolf Gruber
  • Admiral von Schreiber

    Steve Schaaf

    Admiral von Schreiber
  • Herr Zeller

    Evan Schettler

    Herr Zeller
  • Mother Abbess

    Shannon T. Seals

    Mother Abbess
  • Sister Berthe

    Natalie Simon

    Sister Berthe
  • Party Guest / Nazi Soldier

    Jason Stanbro

    Party Guest / Nazi Soldier
  • Kurt

    Caethen Stocker

    Kurt
  • New Postulant / Nun

    Medina Suljic

    New Postulant / Nun
  • Nun / Herwegen Trio

    Jenny Throckmorton

    Nun / Herwegen Trio
  • Director

    Katy Merriman

    Director
  • Music Director

    Brenton Brown

    Music Director
  • Choreographer

    Tallis Strub

    Choreographer
  • Scenic Designer

    Nicholas Amundson

    Scenic Designer
  • Costume Designer

    Angela Lampe

    Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer

    Virgil Kleinhesselink

    Lighting Designer
  • Properties Designer

    Barb McClintock

    Properties Designer
  • Stage Manager

    Kiera McGregor

    Stage Manager
  • Assistant Director

    Toni K. Farris

    Assistant Director
  • Assistant Stage Manager

    Colin Kiernan

    Assistant Stage Manager

Photos/Video

  • The Sound of Music returns Dec. 3-19, 2021, at The Des Moines Playhouse. The cast features (left to right) Matthew Nicholson, Naomi Davidson, Vivian Rosalie Coleman, Tatum Lowell, Caethen Stocker, Dawson Huinker, Ryan Henzi, Sage Johnston, and Jess Belch. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • The Sound of Music returns Dec. 3-19, 2021, at The Des Moines Playhouse. The cast features (clockwise from lower left) Naomi Davidson, Tatum Lowell, Dawson Huinker, Sage Johnson, Ryan Henzi, Caethen Stocker, Vivian Rosalie Coleman, and (center) Jess Belch. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • The Sound of Music returns Dec. 3-19, 2021, at The Des Moines Playhouse. The cast features (front row) Alyssa Lee, Jess Belch, Ingrid Oakley, (back row) Dawson Huinker, Ryan Henzi, Tatum Lowell, Ryan Henzi, and Sage Johnson. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • The Sound of Music returns Dec. 3-19, 2021, at The Des Moines Playhouse. The cast features (left) Jess Belch, (clockwise from lower left) Tatum Lowell, Dawson Huinker, Sage Johnson, Matthew Nicholson, Ryan Henzi, Caethen Stocker, Vivian Rosalie Coleman, and Naomi Davidson. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • The Sound of Music returns Dec. 3-19, 2021, at The Des Moines Playhouse. The cast features (front row) Alyssa Lee, Jess Belch, Ingrid Oakley, (back row) Dawson Huinker, Ryan Henzi, Tatum Lowell, Ryan Henzi, and Sage Johnson. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • The Sound of Music returns Dec. 3-19, 2021, at The Des Moines Playhouse. The cast features (clockwise from lower left) Naomi Davidson, Tatum Lowell, Dawson Huinker, Sage Johnson, Ryan Henzi, Caethen Stocker, Vivian Rosalie Coleman, (center) Jess Belch, and (right) Matthew Nicholson. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • The Sound of Music returns Dec. 3-19, 2021, at The Des Moines Playhouse. The cast features (left to right) Caethen Stocker, Dawson Huinker, Jess Belch, Tatum Lowell, and Ryan Henzi. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • The Sound of Music returns Dec. 3-19, 2021, at The Des Moines Playhouse. The cast features (front row) Alyssa Lee, Jess Belch, Ingrid Oakley, (back row) Dawson Huinker, Ryan Henzi, Tatum Lowell, Ryan Henzi, and Sage Johnson. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • The Sound of Music returns Dec. 3-19, 2021, at The Des Moines Playhouse. The cast features (clockwise from lower left) Naomi Davidson, Tatum Lowell, Dawson Huinker, Sage Johnson, Ryan Henzi, Caethen Stocker, Vivian Rosalie Coleman, and (center) Jess Belch. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Press Release

Des Moines Playhouse Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: Dec. 19, 2021
Subject: The Des Moines Playhouse Presents: The Sound of Music
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Marketing & Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Playhouse, now in its 103rd season, presents the family holiday classic, The Sound of Music, Dec. 3-19, 2021. Tickets for in-person performances and recorded video are available at dmplayhouse.com and by phone at 515.277.6261. The Sound of Music is performed in the John Viars Theatre and is sponsored by Leachman Lumber.

Let your heart sing once more when a free-spirited young woman is sent to take care of seven precocious children of a widowed naval captain. One of the best-loved musicals of all time and based on the true story of Maria and the von Trapp family, The Sound of Music features cherished songs like "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."

The Playhouse cast features Javier Anselmo, Jess Belch, Brian Bopp, Alison Buechler, Cheryl Gillespie Clark, Vivian Rosalie Coleman, Kersten Daubitz, Naomi Davidson, Miclo Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez, Greta Hammond, Ryan Henzi, Willow Huber, Dawson Huinker, Sage Johnson, Alyssa Lee, Tatum Lowell, Rachel McDermott, Amy McGrew, Taylor Millar, Megan Geddes Murdoch, Matthew Nicholson, Ingrid Oakley, Jake Parks, Gavin Runles, Steve Schaaf, Evan Schettler, Shannon T. Seals, Natalie Simon, Jason Stanbro, Caethen Stocker, Medina Suljic, and Jenny Throckmorton. The Sound of Music is directed by Katy Merriman with music direction by Brenton Brown and choreography by Tallis Strub. The design team includes Nicholas Amundson, scenic; Angela Lampe, costume; Virgil Kleinhesselink, lighting; and Barbara McClintock, properties.

Masks are required for all guests ages 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status, for The Sound of Music. Guests who do not comply will not be admitted and tickets will be refunded. The Playhouse will seat at full capacity if demand warrants. The Playhouse remains committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for volunteers and guests and as such is monitoring the current recommendations, guidelines, and restrictions to which the theatre is subject.

The Playhouse vision, as Iowa's largest producing theatre, is to be a vital part of a collaborative, energized, and engaged community that values art in its culture, particularly because of the contributions of high-quality avocational, educational, and entertaining theatre experiences. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For up-to-date information and general guidelines, visit The Playhouse website at dmplayhouse.com or contact The Playhouse at 515.974.5354.

The Sound of Music
Performances, both in-person and recorded video: 7:00 PM Thursdays & Fridays, 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
Tickets for in-person performances and recorded video start at $29
Purchase at dmplayhouse.com

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Show Credits

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp

Concord Theatricals, 235 Park Ave S, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10003, 866-979-0447, concordtheatricals.com.

 

Sponsored by

  • Leachman Lumber
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