Taking part in the part of Maria in “The Sound of Music” for the duration of her junior yr of large university modified Ali Lundin’s point of view about theater.
It is component of the cause she wished to reprise the function this summer season in Litchfield Neighborhood Theatre’s output of “The Sound of Audio,” which takes the stage this week at Bernie Aaker Auditorium.
“It genuinely transformed my view on theater,” Lundin recalled of remaining cast as Maria in the Litchfield Higher School creation. “I labored with Jim Vrchota, and he just definitely, like, sold into my theater abilities and truly inspired me. And ever since I did that, it is essentially the present that I hold (thinking) what is likely to be much better than that show? It’s my favorite.”
That says a ton, thinking about Lundin’s theatrical resume, which consists of about 30 displays concerning superior faculty, Litchfield Local community Youth Theatre and Litchfield Group Theatre. “The Sound of Music” is her “ninth or 10th” with LCT, she mentioned.
But the exhibit will also mark a 1st for Lundin — the initial time she’s at any time performed a function a next time.
Contemplating what being “Maria” meant to her theater career, she mentioned, she just cannot consider of a superior role to try out a next time. Even though she wanted the role, even so, she says she would fortunately have taken just about any position for “The Audio of New music.”
“I just like the information behind the clearly show,” she said. “And yeah, I appreciate how it’s family members helpful. You know, the songs that everyone can get pleasure from, pay attention to. I grew up listening to these music and watching the movie.”
Primarily based on the 1949 memoir of Maria von Trapp, “The Sound of Tunes,” is established in Austria in 1938. It tells the story of Maria, who requires a career as governess to the massive von Trapp family members. She eventually falls in adore with the children’s father, Captain von Trapp. The loved ones flees Austria and Nazi rule. The musical incorporates Rodgers and Hammerstein classics “Edelweiss,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the title tune “The Audio of Music.”
Staying in “The Seem of Music” is truly a happy coincidence of the COVID-19 pandemic for Lundin. At first prepared as Litchfield Community Theatre’s 2020 demonstrate, the output was scrapped thanks to the pandemic.
Lundin was a new mom very last calendar year, adhering to the delivery of her daughter, Anastasia, in March 2020.
“If it experienced been previous calendar year, I wouldn’t have been ready to do it, because she was only two months (when rehearsals would have commenced), it would have been way also difficult,” Lundin said. “COVID fully altered every little thing. So, it is genuinely labored out well.”
She also feels fortunate, she said, to be able to function with director Tim Nelson. Lundin experienced her initially taste of that in 2019 when she appeared in the musical “Litchfield Is Our Home” that Nelson wrote and directed in celebration of the town’s sesquicentennial.
“I experienced a blast performing with him,” she mentioned. “So when I heard he was directing my favored exhibit at any time, I was like, I have to do it.”
Adam Stern, who plays Captain von Trapp, was similarly enthusiastic about doing work with Nelson — and also coincidentally out there to be in this year’s display. The Litchfield native and LHS graduate lives in Los Angeles, where he performs in the amusement business, but he is dwelling for the summer.
He was traveling to his mom and dad previously this 12 months when he heard LCT would be staging “The Sound of Music” and that Nelson would be directing. It was a mixture he wished to be component of.
“I knew that I’d likely be right here for the summer time and that I would possibly audition,” Stern explained. “And then I located out that Tim Nelson was directing it. And that genuinely pushed me to definitely audition.”
Stern’s theatrical experience is lengthy, as properly, which include extra than 50 exhibits between youth, high school, neighborhood and college or university productions.
“Back in the day, I was Peter Pan with Val Chellin, I was in Nelson Farm performs, any reveals, or any theater that was supplied, I thoroughly was included in,” Stern explained.
His Litchfield Local community Theatre resume involves nine musicals prior to “The Audio of New music.” The listing incorporates two of the finest-attended demonstrates in LCT historical past — “Joseph and the Wonderful Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Grease.” For “Grease,” Stern held the headlining position of Danny.
Memories of those people shows led Stern to put on his general public relations hat to endorse “The Seem of Songs,” which he states people today will regret not observing mainly because of the gifted cast and creation crew.
“This clearly show and the way everything’s going, it has a Bernie Aaker really feel to it, if that makes any sense,” Stern stated, recalling a single of the founders of Litchfield Neighborhood Theatre, for whom the auditorium is named. “Nobody appreciates what it was like … he left these a legacy. The heart and the enthusiasm feels that way for this display.”