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A Previous Melodious Presentation
at Friday Night Movies:

Sing-a-long Sound of Music

Friday the 6th of December
Hosted by Mark & Eric in J.P.

Check out photos from the evening


I can't seem to stop singing wherever I am.
--Maria (Julie Andrews)

USA: 1965 -- Directed by Robert Wise
Written by Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (book)and Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (stage musical)
Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker and Peggy Woods as Mother Abbess

Darling, haven't you ever heard of a delightful little thing called boarding school?
--Eleanor Parker as Baroness Schraeder

The Von Trapps before Prozac! The family after gestalt therapy

This 1965 musical has earned its status as a perennially watchable romantic-drama, largely on the strength of a fun story and chemistry between stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Veteran filmmaker Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still) mostly stays out of the way of the film's appealing elements, which include a based-on-fact tale of Austria's von Trapp family, who fled their Nazi-occupied country in 1938. Andrews is delightful and even fascinating as Maria, who sheds her tomboyish ways as a novice nun to accept the mantle of adulthood, becoming matron of the motherless von Trapp clan. Plummer is matinee-idol handsome and gives a smart performance to boot, and the cast of young people and kids who make up the singing von Trapp children make a strong impression. Based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical, the score includes such winners as Maria and the future John Coltrane hit My Favorite Things.

"Have you ever been to a musical film and had the uncontrollable urge to burst into song? Do you muse over the endless tailoring opportunities for chintz curtains? Have you always wondered what it would be like to wear a wimple? This is your chance to test your vocal range with several hundred other assorted nuns, Von Trapp family members and Julie Andrews look-alikes." (from the promo for the Sing-a-Long Sound of Music tour)

Hope to see you there. We'll save you an aisle seat and a lonely goatherd.

Julie Andrews (Maria) Christopher Plummer (Captain von Trapp) Eleanor Parker (The Baroness) Richard Haydn (Max Detweiler) Peggy Wood (Mother Abbess)


Won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Wise), Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment, Best Film Editing and Best Sound

Nominated for Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Julie Andrews), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Peggy Wood), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, and Best Costume Design.

Won Glolden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy and Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy: Julie Andrews

More awards

Charmian Carr (Liesl) Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich) Angela Cartwright (Brigitta) Heather Menzies (Louisa)

Memorable Quotes

Baroness Schraeder: Somewhere out there is a lady who I think will never be a nun. Auf Wiedersehen, darling.

Captain Von Trapp: Fraulein, is it to be at every meal, or merely at dinnertime, that you intend on leading us all through this rare and wonderful new world of indigestion?

Maria: Gretl, what happened to your finger?
Gretl: It got caught!
Maria: Caught in what?
Gretl: Friedrich's teeth!

Kurt: Only grown-up men are scared of women.

More quotes

Duane Chase (Kurt) Debbie Turner (Marta) Kym Karath (Gretl)


The family ended up in the United States, where the Captain died in 1947. In 1949 Maria published The Story of the von Trapp Family Singers. In 1956 the book was turned into a hit movie in Germany and in 1959 The Sound of Music, with original songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, opened on Broadway. Twentieth Century Fox soon acquired the movie rights, but the film proved hard to produce. After nearly five years of wrangles, The Sound of Music directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews, had its New York Premier on March 2, 1965.

Marni Nixon, the singer who dubbed Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Deborah Kerr in The King and I, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, has her only on-screen role in this film, playing sister Sophia.

Cameo: [Marie von Trapp] During the song I Have Confidence, Julie Andrews walks under a stone archway just as two women in Austrian peasant garb walk past behind her. The elder of the women is the real Marie von Trapp.

More trivia


Salzburg is on Austria's German (not Swiss) border. In real life the von Trapps simply travelled 100 km to the Italian border for a supposed mountain-climbing vacation, crossed openly, and did not return.

More goofs

The Lonely Goatherd The actual Von Trapp family