AS CAPT. VON Trapp (Chayton Mundell) shows new governess Maria (Reagan Zimmerman) how to blow a whistle to call his children, the six von Trapp kids line up, from left, Katelyn Sauerbrei, Sheridan Zimmerman, Dylan Schattschneider, Kayla Nelson, Jordan Whitrock and Eden Juel. 	Maic D’Agostino photo
AS CAPT. VON Trapp (Chayton Mundell) shows new governess Maria (Reagan Zimmerman) how to blow a whistle to call his children, the six von Trapp kids line up, from left, Katelyn Sauerbrei, Sheridan Zimmerman, Dylan Schattschneider, Kayla Nelson, Jordan Whitrock and Eden Juel. Maic D’Agostino photo

     Nov. 17, 1991.

     That’s the last time Ripon High School (RHS) students performed “The Sound of Music.”

     Keri Deike played Maria, with cast members who included current Ripon residents Jason Mansmith and Daniel Volkmann.  

     So why do it 26 years later?
Simple. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is one of the finest shows ever written and scored.

     It has everything: romance, adventure, religion and bad guys. ...

     The 1965 movie received five Academy Awards, including best picture. If you haven’t seen the show live, there’s no better time than this weekend and no better place than the RHS auditorium, with its new sound system and lights.

     If you’ve seen it 26 years ago, or more recently, no matter.

     As the Oscar Hammerstein lyric reminds: “With songs they have sung for a thousand years, the hills fill my heart with the sound of music ...”

— Tim Lyke

     To read the entire editorial, including why “The Sound of Music” is the best musical ever, see the Feb. 9, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.