San Diego Musical Theatre’s ‘The Sound of Music’ runs May 10-26

San Diego Musical Theatre is holding its second production of the 2013 season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” running May 10-26 at the Birch North Park Theatre. For individual or group tickets contact the administrative office at 858-560-5740 or visit SDMT online at Birch North Park Theatre is at 2891 University Ave., San Diego, 92104.

Some of the production’s local cast members answer questions below:

Debra Wanger

Debra Wanger, theatre actress/teacher/mom
When and why did you start performing? Age 9. Followed my brother to acting class, I was hooked. It didn’t hurt that John Cusack, Joan Cusack and Jeremy Piven were all in his class!

Why did you want to appear in this musical? I love working with SDMT and “The Sound of Music” is such an enduring classic that brings so many joy. Plus a nun costume is very forgiving.

What do you like best and least about performing? I love the camaraderie and singing with a lush, live orchestra (this production has a 24-piece orchestra. Yum.) Least — the late, long hours and auditioning/constantly looking for the next job.

What is your favorite play or musical of all time? “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Sweeney Todd,” “A Chorus Line,” “Secret Garden,” “West Side Story,” “Light in the Piazza”….I could keep going. Too hard to pick just one!

Katelyn Katz

Katelyn Katz, Sage Canyon Elementary School
When and why did you start performing? I started performing when I was 5. I loved singing and dancing so my mom signed me up for a musical theater camp.

Why did you want to appear in this musical? I wanted to appear in this musical because I’ve always loved the music and the message of the story. I also thought it was a great way to strengthen my acting abilities because of all the different things the von Trapp children experience throughout the show. From being strict, mini soldiers to being free and fun kids.

What are your career goals? To be on Broadway!
What do you like best and least about performing? My favorite thing about performing is learning everything about the character and getting to experience what the character goes through. I also love getting to meet everyone in new casts and crews. There’s nothing I dislike about performing!

Jonas McMullen

Jonas McMullen, a seventh-grader in Solana Beach
When and why did you start performing? I started performing at the age of 6, but started seriously when I broke my collar bone at the age of 9 and could not play soccer.

Why did you want to appear in this musical? From the first time I saw the movie “The Sound of Music” I have always wanted to be in it ever since. I feel so lucky to have been chosen to play Friedrich and be in this wonderful show!

What are your career goals? I hoping to study acting in college, go to medical school and act on Broadway or make films.

What do you like best and least about performing? I love telling stories to an audience through singing, acting and dancing. Hopefully the audience enjoys watching the show as much as I love performing!

Hourie Klijian

Hourie Kilijian, a student at The Gillispie School
When and why did you start performing? I’ve been in shows for two years now, and I love it! I started performing because I love to sing. I sing in my church choir on Sundays, and when I’m in a show it means I get to sing the other days of the week, too. Singing makes me happy.

Why did you want to appear in this musical? The “Sound of Music” is such a fun musical, and it’s a great show for kids because the children are in so many of the scenes. I saw the movie with my family a while ago, and my mom used to sing “Edelweiss” to us when we were little. When I heard that it was being performed on stage, I was so excited!

What are your career goals? To finish my book report on “The Secret Garden.” It’s due next week.

What do you like best and least about performing? There’s nothing I don’t like about performing! I love the songs, I love being on stage, I love making so many new friends, and watching the older kids and the grown-ups do their scenes. Getting to wear costumes is fun, too. But the best part is singing all these wonderful songs. Musical theater is the best!

Related posts:

  1. San Diego Musical Theatre’s ‘Rent’ opens June 22
  2. Santa Fe Christian presents ‘The Sound of Music’
  3. Torrey Pines Players’ musical ‘Company’ a hit; Production runs through March 2
  4. San Diego Musical Theatre to present ‘Footloose’
  5. Del Mar resident stars in San Diego Musical Theater’s ‘Chicago’

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