PHOTO CALL: The Sound of Music at Sacramento Music Circus

News   PHOTO CALL: The Sound of Music at Sacramento Music Circus Sacramento's 2008 Music Circus season begins July 5 with the timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music.
Cristin Mortenson as Maria Rainer
Cristin Mortenson as Maria Rainer Photo by Charr Crail

Staged "in the round" by California Musical Theatre artistic director Scott Eckern, the production stars Music Circus newcomer Cristin Mortenson (Phantom of the Opera tour, By Jeeves on Broadway) as Maria and George Dvorsky (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Passion) as Captain von Trapp.

Tony Award nominee Meg Bussert (Brigadoon, The Music Man) is featured as Mother Abbess, with Elizabeth Ward Land as Elsa Schraeder, Dick Decareau as Max, Tristan Rumery as Rolf Gruber and Paige Silvester as Liesl.

Rounding out the cast are Natalie Ross as Sister Berthe, Christine Rowan as Sister Maragaretta, Joël René as Sister Sophia, Susan Denaker as Frau Schmidt, Ed Brazo as Franz, Stephen Crandall as Herr Zeller, Roger McDonald as Elberfeld/Von Schreiber, Cameron Dayton as Friedrich, Carly Speno as Louisa, Alex Greenlee as Kurt, Joelle Jacoby as Brigitta, Michelina Hanlon as Marta and Camy Rae Wilson as Gretl.

The Sound of Music will run for 12 performances at downtown Sacramento's Wells Fargo Pavilion.

The jam-packed summer season continues with productions of Gypsy (July 15-20), Sweeney Todd (July 22-27), Swing! (July 29-Aug. 3), My Fair Lady (Aug. 5-10), Evita (Aug. 12-17) and Hairspray (Aug. 19-28). Tickets and information may be found at www.SacramentoMusicCircus.com

Here is a look at the production, which concludes its run July 13:

Cristin Mortenson as Maria and George Dvorsky as Captain von Trapp
From left: Paige Silvester as Liesl, Cameron Dayton as Friedrich, Carly Speno as Louisa, Alex Greenlee as Kurt, Joelle Jacoby as Brigitta, Michelina Hanlon as Marta and Camy Rae Wilson as Gretl
Cristin Mortenson (center) as Maria and the von Trapp children
(clockwise from top), Paige Silvester as Liesl, Joelle Jacoby as Brigitta, Carly Speno as Louisa, Alex Greenlee as Kurt, Michelina Hanlon as Marta, Camy Rae Wilson as Gretl and Cameron Dayton as Friedrich
Tristan Rumery as Rolf and Paige Silvester as Liesl
The Family von Trapp:
(back row) George Dvorsky as Captain von Trapp, Cristin Mortenson as Maria, Cameron Dayton as Friedrich, Paige Silvester as Liesl
(front row) Alex Greenlee as Kurt, Michelina Hanlon as Marta, Camy Rae Wilson as Gretl, Joelle Jacoby as Brigitta and Carly Speno as Louisa

Photos by Charr Crail