Bonnie Boots, Valley News - Online
March 13, 2010

Last Saturday, March 6, I had the great honor of attending the matinee performance of GRB Quirk Players' production of “The Sound of Music.” As it was my late sister's favorite musical production, I felt it was a great way to remember her on what would have been her 68th birthday.

I was pleasantly surprised at the professionalism of the students and adults who performed. I was amazed at the realism and skill that everyone involved with the production projected.

It was so mesmerizing that in the latter part of the play, my sister nudged me, pointed to the other side of me and I noticed a student dressed in an S.S. uniform complete with swastika arm band standing at attention right next to me.

It was a little unnerving to be so immersed in the play that it gave me a moment of unease. Anyway, kudos to everyone who had anything to do with it. I shall look forward to more shows in the future.

And by the way, anyone who does not know what happened to the Von Trapp family after the movie ends, Maria was in the early stage of her first pregnancy on their trek over her mountain to the safety of Switzerland. They literally had just the clothes on their back and were forced to “sing for their supper” and eventually earned enough money to make their way to America.

Anyone can visit the Trapp Family Lodge in the Stowe Mountains of Vermont and visit the grave sites of the Captain and Maria. The place is still run by the family and, yes, they do perform also.

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