October 24, 2021

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It’s ‘Music’ to their ears at Ovation | Arts & Theater

Comedian W.C. Fields after quipped, “Hardly ever do the job with small children or animals.” Whether or not it was because of to their unpredictability or their ability to steal a scene, whilst some could concur with that adage, that’s not the circumstance at Ovation Theatre, which opens its manufacturing of “The Audio of Audio” on Friday with a team of showstopping young performers. 

“They’re going to steal the show, arms down,” explained Amelia Mejia, who plays Maria, governess to the Von Trapp small children. “Any scene with them, I just light-weight up on stage.”

“You have the major-notch young children of Bakersfield taking part in these roles. Even the youngest woman in the cast (Evangeline Heber, who performs 6-yr-aged Gretl) can take dance classes, voice classes.”

Mejia stated the other youthful Von Trapps — Ava Briscoe (Liesl), Brandon Antongiovani (Friedrich), Kaya Leyendecker (Louisa), Caleb Kohler (Kurt), Addison Cline (Brigitta) and Gwen Grider (Marta) — also have an impressive stage of motivation and training, with some even booking qualified acting gigs in L.A.

The actress loves working with young actors, recalling her good encounter in the course of “Gypsy” at the Ovation in 2017 in which she and co-star Kelsea Johnson had little one actors solid as their youthful selves.

“To be able to train youngsters in musical theater, if I can be a lover, if I can instruct somebody, I am likely to consider every chance,” she said. “I want to be that affect.”

Because all the kids playing Von Trapps are qualified singers, Mejia mentioned they ended up equipped to add harmonies to numbers like “Do-Re-Mi” and “The Lonely Goatherd,” using them to a different amount.

“The lyrics, the total of vitality it usually takes, it is a single of my most exciting ordeals with the little ones,” she claimed of “Goatherd.” “They have to yodel, do enjoyment things, so it introduced us out of our consolation zones.”

For her possess section, Mejia said that soon after acquiring more than the preliminary shock of becoming solid in 1 of musical theater’s most legendary roles, she established down to place in the perform.

“I desired to do her justice. She’s not a built-up character, she’s a true human being. I did the analysis there were a good deal of concentrations to her.”

For everyone not acquainted with the demonstrate, which was dependent on a genuine-life tale and popularized by the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, it focuses on the significant Von Trapp relatives, helmed by widower Capt. Georg Von Trapp (played below by Rikk Cheshire). Maria is a postulant from an abbey who arrives to provide as governess, slipping in really like with the entire relatives, who then will have to escape Austria immediately after it is annexed by Nazi Germany.

Hal Friedman, Ovation’s artistic director who aided out for the duration of tech 7 days, mentioned he is impressed with the whole “Audio” workforce together with co-directors Terri Cline and Jennifer Resolme and choreographer Yannis Mallory as very well as the performers.

“This is a actually talented cast. You have acquired Amelia who is ideal as Maria. Rene Cleek, as the Mother Abbess, she just sings the heck out of all the music. And Tara Haner as the baroness. Even among the nuns (Leslie Thompson, Erica Kimmel and VaLynn Transmeier) there are those who have performed potential customers in other exhibits. It can be just a stellar cast.”

Noting that ticket income have previously taken off (shows on Friday and Sunday are almost solely sold out), Friedman claimed he’s enthusiastic that the community needs to arrive out for this uplifting show.

“It is a display for the entire relatives that every person can occur to and enjoy. In the instances we’re in, a present about hope and appreciate and family members and the close bonds that maintain us alongside one another was anything we desired to present.”

Recalling a necklace her dad purchased her when she was younger evoking the musical’s inspirational range “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” Mejia explained a show encouraging hope in the encounter of adversity feels well timed. 

“Especially this final yr, all people has to deal with these hurdles,” she reported. “There are heading to be those uphill climbs and they’re not telling us it’s going to be easy, but if you climb just about every mountain you’ll be able to locate your rainbow.”

Stefani Dias can be arrived at at 661-395-7488. Abide by her on Twitter: @realstefanidias.