Berkeley Playhouse opens its fifth season of presenting inter-generational musicals with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved final collaboration, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. When struggling novice nun Maria proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess to the seven troublesome children of widowed naval Captain Von Trapp. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures their hearts, and the heart of the stern Captain.
Based on the real-life Austrian family and their narrow escape from the Nazi’s over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II, THE SOUND OF MUSIC provides one of the most thrilling finales ever presented on stage, and includes such memorable songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Climb Every Mountain,” and the title song, all of which have become a much-loved part of the 20th century musical theater canon. Elizabeth McKoy helms this family classic, with a cast of 40, featuring musical theater leading lady Sharon Rietkerk (TheatreWorks, 42nd Street Moon, Lamplighters Music Theater) as Maria, Tim Kniffin (Aurora Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company) as Captain Von Trapp, and acclaimed opera soprano Hope Briggs (San Francisco Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Stattstheater Stuttgart, Sacramento Opera) as as Mother Abbess.