Though the hills of Carroll County will never be mistaken for the Austrian Alps, they will come alive with "The Sound of Music" Thursday when Theatre on the Hill performs the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic at Western Maryland College.
Proceeds from the show will benefit Shepherd's Staff, a local nonprofit organization that provides Carroll residents with emergency prescriptions, school supplies and other items. The group is hoping to raise $5,000.
"Each year, we put on three benefit performances for local charities. They're held before each of our major productions," said Nan Ficca, assistant producer of Theatre on the Hill, a professional summer theater company celebrating its 17th season at the college. "We want to give back to our own community, which gives so much to us."
The company's other benefit performances are scheduled for July. The first, to benefit the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County, will be held July 9, two days before the opening of "The House of Blue Leaves," a comedy about a man whose life is complicated by his wife, girlfriend, son and three nuns.
The final benefit performance will be held July 23, the night before the curtain goes up on "Gypsy," the vibrant backstage story of the life of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Proceeds from the show will go to the county's Human Services Programs.
"The Sound of Music," based on the account of the von Trapp family's flight from the Nazis, includes many beloved songs. Along with the title song, favorites include "Climb Every Mountain," "Edelweiss" and "My Favorite Things."
Thursday's performance is scheduled at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall Theatre on West Main Street, near the entrance to the college. A pre-show Viennese dessert reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge, across from Alumni Hall.
More than 20 local bakeries, restaurants and gourmet food manufacturers will offer elegant desserts and specialty coffees. The reception is included in Thursday's ticket price.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for children 10 and under. To purchase tickets, call Shepherd's Staff: 410 857-5944.
For information or tickets to the company's other performances, call the WMC Box Office at 410-857-2448.
Pub Date: 6/14/98