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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 22, 1998
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The von Trapps, a family known around the world, asked the Vermont Supreme Court last week to resolve a bitter financial dispute between two factions of the family.In a hearing Thursday, lawyers asked the justices to decide whether minority stockholders in the family corporation were paid enough money when they were bought out by another family group in 1995.The minority group argued that they were underpaid by nearly $3 million, and a trial court upheld that view in a decision in May.The family, whose flight from Austria and Nazism was dramatized in "The Sound of Music" on Broadway and in film, settled in Vermont more than 50 years ago.In 1962, the members founded the corporation Trapp Family Lodge, which owns a 93-room inn, a ski-touring center and 100 time-share condominiums, all on 2,200 acres on a mountaintop in Stowe.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
Compass Rose Theater opens its third season — and its first with a full, four-show schedule at its Spa Road location — with Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," featuring a cast of 17 delivering a splendid production of the beloved 1959 blockbuster. Here in its new venue, Compass Rose's musical talent expands to the theater's lofty height. The production also fills the 25-foot-wide stage, bringing the audience in close quarters with the von Trapp family. Musical director Anita O'Connor draws professional harmony and beguiling solo work from children in the cast, as well as phenomenal performances from adult cast members.
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By Sara Neufeld and Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF | November 8, 2003
Never mind that she and her family have traveled the world singing and been the subject of one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Agathe von Trapp spent much of her life as a virtual recluse. She was 43 before she stopped relying on someone older and wiser and went to the grocery store and the bank herself. For nearly 40 more years after that, she interacted with few people outside a private kindergarten classroom in Glyndon. But eventually, her desire for the world to know the truth behind The Sound of Music took over.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 29, 2010
Agathe von Trapp, the eldest daughter of the von Trapp family made famous in "The Sound of Music," who took exception to the way her father was portrayed, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. She was 97 and lived in Brooklandville. "She had been rabidly negative about the musical and film," said her physician, Dr. Janet Horn, who with her husband financed the publication of 3,000 copies of Miss von Trapp's memoir, which she wrote to set the record straight about her family's exploits.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | September 20, 1999
The story depicted in "The Sound of Music," which opens at the Lyric Opera House tomorrow, might seem like a tale out of a storybook -- something that happened long ago and far away. But there's a very immediate Baltimore connection.Agathe von Trapp, 86, the oldest of the real-life von Trapp daughters, has lived in the Baltimore area since 1958, when she came here to run a private kindergarten in Glyndon.In crafting the musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's collaborators, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, who wrote the libretto, made some significant alterations in the true story of the Trapp Family Singers.
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October 15, 2007
MARGARET A. BARNES, 80 Wrote on Southern history Margaret Anne Barnes, award-winning author of books examining landmark events in Southern history, died Thursday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after a long battle with emphysema, said her son, David Dukes. Ms. Barnes wrote the 1976 book Murder in Coweta County, which detailed the first time in Georgia history that testimony from two black field hands helped convict a prominent land baron of the murder of a sharecropper. The book, which won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award, was made into a 1983 television movie starring Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 8, 2001
Filled with such "favorite things" as "girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes," Second Star's production of The Sound of Music ranks near the top of a season of terrific musicals. And this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic remains as current as Sunday's Emmy Awards, where Barbra Streisand lifted spirits singing "You'll Never Walk Alone," against the backdrop of a World Trade Center montage. The 1959 Broadway musical tells the story of Maria, a free-spirited nun living in 1938 Salzburg, who leaves the abbey to care for widower Georg von Trapp's seven children.
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July 21, 2005
NOW OR NEVER Wake up from that cat nap. This weekend the Cat Country Fair, a cat agility tournament and all-breed cat show, will be in Timonium. Like their canine counterparts, the cats will compete in many events. In the cat agility tournament, they will showcase their speed, grace and trust. In other competitions, the cats will be judged on their "purrsonalities," grooming and appearance. More than 200 pedigree cats and household pets will compete. Cats can be entered into the competition as long as they are at least four months old, and all eight-month-old cats must be spayed or neutered.
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By Erin Williams and Erin Williams,CHESAPEAKE HIGH SCHOOL | March 25, 2004
Thursday evening, students at Wilde Lake High School performed the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, an inspiring story about courage, love and the importance of family. Maria (Callie Goff) is a young postulant sent to work as a governess for the stern Captain von Trapp (Dean Arscott), who has seven children. In Austria, under the advancing Nazi regime, Maria and the captain fall in love and get married. They are forced to flee the country with the children when the captain is commissioned to be a Nazi officer.
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By Annie Linskey | January 20, 2005
Where: The Hollywood Ballroom at 2126 Industrial Parkway in Silver Spring. When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Why: For anyone who has seen Julie Andrews (Maria) and Christopher Plummer (Captain von Trapp) waltz in The Sound of Music, this is an obvious date choice. The Hollywood Ballroom gives a one-hour Viennese waltz lesson that is followed by open dance time in a 7,200-square- foot hall. Plenty of time to sweep somebody off his or her feet. Alternatively, if you haven't seen the movie, a cozy night at home watching it could be in order.
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December 29, 2010
A longtime friend says Agathe von Trapp, whose family's story became the basis for "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 97. Mary Louise Kane said Wednesday that von Trapp died Tuesday at a hospice in Towson after suffering congestive heart failure in November. Von Trapp was the oldest daughter of Capt. Georg Ritter von Trapp, a U-boat commander whose seven children by his first wife were the basis for the singing family in the 1965 film. Kane lived with Agathe von Trapp for five decades and ran a kindergarten with her at the Sacred Heart Catholic parish in Glyndon.
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October 15, 2007
MARGARET A. BARNES, 80 Wrote on Southern history Margaret Anne Barnes, award-winning author of books examining landmark events in Southern history, died Thursday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after a long battle with emphysema, said her son, David Dukes. Ms. Barnes wrote the 1976 book Murder in Coweta County, which detailed the first time in Georgia history that testimony from two black field hands helped convict a prominent land baron of the murder of a sharecropper. The book, which won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award, was made into a 1983 television movie starring Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun reporter | October 26, 2006
It's apparent that the four von Trapp children, ages 12 to 18, are good sports when they cheerfully show up for a chat in dirndl skirts and lederhosen. Not on stage, mind you - in public. In an Inner Harbor hotel, to be exact. They also are more than willing to brave blustery winds and temperatures in the mid-40s to go outside and stand on Federal Hill and have their photograph taken. Until, that is, a publicist firmly puts the kibosh on the notion.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | August 4, 2005
Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music isn't just a musical about singing nuns. It's also a musical about a brave Austrian family fleeing the Nazis. The show as a whole, however, is usually sugar-coated, and director Roy Hammond's production at Cockpit in Court adheres to the standard prettified approach. Granted, under Michael Bareham's musical direction, Cockpit's nuns - and especially lead actress Julia Lancione - sing so magnificently, they'd be an asset to any church choir. The opening scene of a tableau of nuns singing their morning hymn a cappella gives an immediate visual and aural sense of spirituality and serenity.
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July 21, 2005
NOW OR NEVER Wake up from that cat nap. This weekend the Cat Country Fair, a cat agility tournament and all-breed cat show, will be in Timonium. Like their canine counterparts, the cats will compete in many events. In the cat agility tournament, they will showcase their speed, grace and trust. In other competitions, the cats will be judged on their "purrsonalities," grooming and appearance. More than 200 pedigree cats and household pets will compete. Cats can be entered into the competition as long as they are at least four months old, and all eight-month-old cats must be spayed or neutered.
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By Annie Linskey | January 20, 2005
Where: The Hollywood Ballroom at 2126 Industrial Parkway in Silver Spring. When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Why: For anyone who has seen Julie Andrews (Maria) and Christopher Plummer (Captain von Trapp) waltz in The Sound of Music, this is an obvious date choice. The Hollywood Ballroom gives a one-hour Viennese waltz lesson that is followed by open dance time in a 7,200-square- foot hall. Plenty of time to sweep somebody off his or her feet. Alternatively, if you haven't seen the movie, a cozy night at home watching it could be in order.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 25, 2001
The folks at 2nd Star Productions are in the final week of rehearsal of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, opening Nov. 2 at Bowie Playhouse in White Marsh Park in Bowie. Taking time out from a recent rehearsal, Second Star director Jane Wingard said she is thrilled with the cast. "The level of excellence is so high that everyone in the show is my favorite," she said. "In view of the events of Sept. 11, this show, with its emphasis on personal courage and cherishing freedom, is especially appropriate."
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By The New York Times | November 7, 1990
LITTLE KIDS are lucky. They can see as well as hear her joyous "I'm Flying" in the videotape of "Peter Pan." But we older kids know what they don't, that Mary Martin had a life in the theater before she played the boy who never grew up.And darn! don't we wish we could watch her again in "One Touch of Venus," as she tells the world "That's Him." Or reminding us, in "Lute Song," to "Speak low -- When you speak love." Above all, wouldn't it be swell to see her wash that man right out of her hair?
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By Erin Williams and Erin Williams,CHESAPEAKE HIGH SCHOOL | March 25, 2004
Thursday evening, students at Wilde Lake High School performed the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, an inspiring story about courage, love and the importance of family. Maria (Callie Goff) is a young postulant sent to work as a governess for the stern Captain von Trapp (Dean Arscott), who has seven children. In Austria, under the advancing Nazi regime, Maria and the captain fall in love and get married. They are forced to flee the country with the children when the captain is commissioned to be a Nazi officer.
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