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EU production of Sound of Music opens Thursday
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Liesl (Alyssa Greenway) and Rolf (Scott Fisher) perform You Are 16 Going on 17. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Anne Talcott’s favorite musical is “The Sound of Music.”

So says Annette Taser, director of the East Union High production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

“What’s unique about this (production) is that it’s a collaboration of the Advanced Choir class and all levels of theater,” she said during Monday’s dress rehearsals.

That’s where they’ll perform “The Sound of Music” scheduled Thursday through Saturday beginning at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 o’clock at the Manteca Presbyterian Church, 285 N. Main St.

Tickets are $8.

As musical director of the play, Talcott, who will soon retire, has been with the Manteca Unified School District for 35 years, including the last 23 at East Union. She’s also the minister of music at Manteca Presbyterian Church.

Talcott and her East Union choirs have performed at various festivals over the years, from Hawaii to Washington, D.C., and New York to London.

Taser has directed over 31 shows. She taught elementary school for two years and high school English and drama for three years prior to joining the East Union High staff some eight years ago.

As for “The Sound of Music,” Taser noted that some of the roles were double cast.

In the lead role, Maria is played by both D.J. Calleja and Robyn Glover.

Ditto that for the part of Capt. George Von Trapp, who is shared by Joshua Kolkmann and Vincent Ferdin.

Of the Von Trapp children, there are two Liesls (Shanae Haroldsen and Alyssa Greenway) and two Kurts (Brendan Chapman and Jake Grasso).

The cast includes Pedro Garcia (Friedrich), Toria Guthrie (Louisa), Erica Lecce (Brigitta), Marissa Romero (Marta) and Britney Johnson (Gretl) as the other Van Trapp children; Jonah Ledesma and Scott Fisher (Rolf); Amanda Sokolowski and Leslie Zavala (the Mother Abbess); Brandon Wallace (Franz, the butler); and Dakota Garber (Sister Sophia), to name a few.

Among the notables behind the scenes are Melissa Bugarin-Campos (choreographer), Alyssa Dye (accompanist), Abraham Valles (assistant director), and Dallas Arp (stage manager).

Work on “The Sound of Music” began in December.

“For the most part, we’ve had to rehearse during the school schedule,” Taser said. “We were able (to rehearse) a few times after school and during the spring break.”

But it’s all been worth it.

“This is Anne’s favorite play and will be a nice tribute (from all of us) on her behalf,” added Taser.

For more information, call East Union High at 209-858-7270.