Photos: Opening night at Candlelight’s ‘The Sound of Music’

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By John Moore
July 2, 2013

Opening No. 87: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s “The Sound of Music”: With the recent closing of the Union Colony Dinner Theatre and the impending shuttering of the Heritage Square Music Hall, we’re down to a handful of dinner theaters remaining in Colorado. At the newest, the 380-seat, $6.2 million Candlelight in Johnstown (about 45 miles of Denver), whole families of audiences were starting to gather in the lobby at 4:30 p.m. for Thursday night’s opening performance of the classic Rogers & Hammerstein musical. Based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, it’s 1930s Austria, where young Maria leaves her convent to serve as governess to the seven mischievous children of Navy captain and widow Georg Von Trapp. The cast of 28 is directed by Brian Burron. Starring Alisha Winter as Maria and Christopher Valcho as Captain Von Trapp. Featuring Marlin May as Max, Joey Revier as Rolf, Lindsey Coleman as Elsa, Bren. (with a period!) Eyestone Burron as the Mother Abbess, Samantha Walter as Liesl, and a whole lot of other double-cast Von Trapp kids including Katie Canterbury, Delany Garcia, Matthew Reichen, Owen Whitham, Isaac Sprague, Owen Whitham, Sophie Krupanszky, Delany Garcia, Nathaniel Braswell, Matthew Reichen, Natalie Sarver, Katie Canterbury, Becca Hyde, Rylee Vogel, Natalie Orsborn and Lexie Woolridge. Not to mention … so … many … nuns: Samantha Jo Staggs, Lindsey Coleman, Michelle Sergeeff, Heather McClain, Elizabeth Bond and Chaundra Nelms. And a few big bad Germans (Broc Timmerman, Stephen Turner). 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 1: 30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays (dinner service 90 minutes before). Through Sept. 1 at 4747 Market Place Drive, 970-744-3747, 1-877-240-4242 or candlelight’s home page. Thanks: Charlie Villarreal, Don Berlin, Patrick Sawyer and Dave Clark.


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