On the Stage: The Sound of Music

When I was in junior high, I was forced to do a rather ridiculous dance to the “Lonely Goatherd” song from The Sound of Music, so I kind of hated the movie. But I’ll go see anything on stage; they’re the ones that have to dance to the song this time, not me.

This little story follows the cutesy family of many children living in World War II-era Austria. The pretty, young nanny enters the home of sad, neglected, but pampered children of a widowed military man who demands the utmost respect from his children and house staff. He’s under tremendous pressure to join the Nazi regime or be punished, but he doesn’t want that life for his children. As we see the children grow ever fonder of their nanny, it becomes clear that she’s going to be a huge part of their lives, and their father can’t help but fall in love as his heart becomes softened.

After the Nazi party forces the man to join their cause, he and the nanny make a plan to slip out of the country by traveling over the mountains in the dead of night after they perform at a Nazi rally. Huge swastika banners drop behind them, and the family sings their “Goodnight Song” which the Nazis don’t realize means “goodbye.” We never find out if the family made it out, but they do seem hopeful of a better life together.

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