On the 13th and 14th July, Penwortham Girls’ High School performed ‘The Sound of Music’. This was the result of a tremendous effort from students and staff alike. Originally scheduled to be performed in 2020, before lockdown, the recasting and audition process began in February, with rehearsals starting immediately afterwards. The Sound of Music is set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938; the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as a governess to a large family while she decides whether or not to become a nun. She falls in love with the children and eventually, their widowed father, Captain von Trapp.
Maria is played by India A, year 9 and Captain von Trapp is played by Sea B, year 9. The children are played by Katie K (Liesl), Mia S (Friedrich), Aoifa C (Louisa), Lily S (Kurt), Olivia H (Brigitta), Libby H (Marta) and Jemima A (Gretl) with the children ranging in ages between Year 7 to Year 10. Mother Abbess was played by Katie T, year 8, who performed the iconic song ‘Climb Every Mountain’ with ease. The show would not be possible without numerous other key characters who were also absolute stars of the show, not forgetting the members of the orchestra who pulled together to create the fantastic musical accompaniment and the dancers who entertained us with their elegance. Overall, the performances were a tremendous success and a credit to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. We hope that everyone has made some special memories which will be treasured for years to come.
Mrs Cattanach, Associate Assistant Headteacher and Curriculum Leader for Music
“Lots of talented, young individuals took part, however, it would never have been possible without the planning, dedication and effort of the staff involved. Lots of money has been invested in finding amazing costumes and a whole new set of microphones. Work from the students started in January and they’ve all been working diligently to perfect their roles by giving up their free time. Many months of collaboration between our excellent cast has formed new friendships and bonds which were made evident when the chemistry on stage was obviously displayed. Despite some hard and stressful times, we pulled through together and the outcome was an incredible performance.” Emma B and Katie K (Year 10).
“It has been a joy to take part in ‘The Sound of Music’ after having so long without being able to take part in stage performances. Thank you to everyone in the cast and staff who have helped us to produce this musical.” India A (Maria)