MARGARET SCHULTZ OF Green Lake holds a photo of the von Trapp family, whom she saw perform live many years ago.		    	      Ian Stepleton photo
MARGARET SCHULTZ OF Green Lake holds a photo of the von Trapp family, whom she saw perform live many years ago. Ian Stepleton photo

     THIS PAST WEEKEND, THE  Ripon High School stage was alive for the first time in 26 years with “The Sound of Music.”

     ... after so many years of hearing the classic tunes on stage and on screen, it’s easy to forget that “Maria von Trapp” isn’t just Julie Andrews in costume.

     Not so many years ago, she was flesh and blood, and the toast of the town wherever she and her family visited.

     Back before YouTube could bring you any cat video you wanted on a whim, seeing the von Trapp family was a big deal!

     Just ask Margaret Schultz of Green Lake.

     “I think I saw them as a freshman in high school, so I must have been 13, 14 [years old],” she said.

     It was the early 1950s, at the height of the von Trapps’ touring fame, and Margaret’s family heard the von Trapps were coming to the area.

     ... The family piled into a car and traveled into Olean, N.Y., where the von Trapps were set to fill an auditorium.

     “We sat maybe 10 rows back from the front; the auditorium was fairly large and had a slanted floor,” Margaret recalls.

     Margaret never got another chance to see the family perform — they retired from touring a few years later.

     But it’s a memory she cherishes as she thinks back to their concert. “They did have good voices.”

     To read the entire column, including Margaret’s impression of the concert, see the Feb. 16, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.