The final night of the East Brunswick High School presentation of “The Sound of Music” was a great success and played to a sold out show. The Director Jeffrey Alan Davis was setting up chairs against the back wall for those of us that arrived late! This show should be beyond the reach of a high school drama program, but the East Brunswick kids made you feel like you were on Broadway. Maria played by Marlina Devery a junior at East Brunswick High School sang beautifully and filled this difficult role flawlessly. The Mother Abbess was played by senior Jackie Giancola who is also Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2015. Her powerful and crystal clear voice was unbelievable for a high school student, I’m sure there would be some chairs turning if she was competing on “The Voice”. Sarabeth Goldberg, a junior, played Sister Berthe and is also in the East Brunswick Choir and the Tri-M National Music Honors Society. Sister Margarett was played by Kathleen Lonski a senior in her 6th EBHS Drama Club presentation and a singer/song writer that has tirelessly worked to stop bullying. Sister Sophia was played by Mikayla Luchun a sophomore who is already on her third play with East Brunswick High School. Captain Von Trapp was played by John Kominkiewicz a senior in his 4th production who handled this difficult role so well, even singing a solo version of “Edelweiss”. Franz the butler was played by Dylan Weidenfeld a senior in his 7th production. Frau Schidt the housekeeper was played by Sydney Kilcoyne who is in her 4th production. Liesl Von Trapp (16) was played by Alana Sackman a junior in her 4th production who also is in the Concert Choir and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Friedrich von Trapp (14) was played by Alex Leonhardt a junior in his 5th production. Louisa von Trapp (13) was played by Elisa Almeida a junior in her 4th presentation who is also in the Folio Club and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Kurt von Trapp was played by Dan Rogozenski in his third production. Brigitta von Trapp was played by Nishika Bagchi a sophomore in her second presentation. Marta von Trapp was played by Jessica Razak a sophomore in her first production. Gretl von Trapp the youngest was played by Maria Vypryazhkin a very talented 6th grader at Hammarskjold Middle School. Her singing of “So long farewell” song was really charming. Rolf Gruber (17) was played by Jared Schectel a junior in his first production who handled this big role like a veteran. Elsa Schraeder was played by Farrah Cukor a senior in her 5th production. Max Detweiler was enthusiastically and entertainingly played by Zach Adams a senior. Baron Eberfeld was played by Nicole Lagos a junior in her third production. Herr Zeller was played by Larry Fried a senior in his first production. Frau Zeller was played by Brianna Gilmartin in her third production. Admiral von Schreiber was played by Adam Nuzzi a senior. Also appearing in the play were: Grace Spielman, Hallie Baum, Clara Massoud, Ivy Li, Fiona Gaffney, Cachel Nemeth, Amelia Murray-Cooper, Julia Nathanson, Jordan Taha, Sophie Adams, Jackie LeSeur, Stefanie Braun, rebecca Gavin, Erik York, Rachael Neer, Evie Cukor, Amani Alnababteh, Alka Bhide, Kelly Brady, Darius Washington, Jeff Ade, Jason Ramon, Nick Romanofsky, Steve Tomori, Yahel Ben-Zvi, Jonathan Seltzer
The show featured an amazing set including a two story house, even more amazing when all the snow days are taken into account. The orchestra did a fantastic job throughout production crew also did a great job!
The backstage team did a great job and senior Nick Karalexis was singled out for special thanks after the show.
Overall, this was just an amazing show. Thanks so much to all who helped make it happen, including the PAPA organization.