The Hills Are Alive in Tulsa with “The Sound of Music”

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The Hills Are Alive in Tulsa with “The Sound of Music”

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The hills are alive in Tulsa with the “The Sound of Music.” The national touring production has eight performances from April 2 – April 8, 2018 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd Street.

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Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria Rainer and the von Trapp children. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Since it premiered on Broadway in 1959, there have been numerous productions and revivals of “The Sound of Music”. This production relaunched in September 2017 and is based on the 2015 national tour.

 A Few of My Favorite Things

You might hear people humming “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.” or “Doe, ray, me, fa’, sew, la, tea.”

The show’s music is timeless. The musical features classic songs such as “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “The Lonely Goatherd,” “So Long, Farewell,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and “Edelweiss.”

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote many popular musicals but “The Sound of Music” would be their last collaboration since Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the Broadway premiere.

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Keslie Ward as Liesl and Chad P. Campbell as Rolf. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Stage, Film and Television History

This show has had a long and rich stage, film and television history. Mary Martin starred in the Broadway show where it won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Julie Andrews starred in the film musical in 1965 where it won five Academy Awards including Best Picture. The popular movie celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Two years earlier, the live NBC television broadcast of “The Sound of Music Live” starring Carrie Underwood attracted more than 44 million viewers and introduced the show and music to a new generation.

Oklahoma Connections

The cast of “The Sound of Music” has several actors with Oklahoma connections.

Keslie Ward grew up in Texas and made her way to Oklahoma and through Oklahoma City University.

This is Ward’s first national tour. According to her bio, she performed with Lyric Theatre OK and Oklahoma City Rep.

She plays Liesl von Trapp, eldest of the von Trapp children. Ward told a reporter with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in October 2017 that “The Sound of Music” was the first movie soundtrack she owned as a kid and introduced her to a world of musicals.

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Jake Mills as Max, Mike McLean as Captain von Trapp and Melissa McKamie as Elsa. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Melissa McKamie grew up in Oklahoma attending elementary and middle school in Yukon, Oklahoma.

Melissa trained under the acclaimed Florence Birdwell at Oklahoma City University. McKamie plays Baroness Elsa Schraeder.

Both women are graduates of OCU.

Jake Mills, who plays Max Detweiler and shares a number of scenes with Melissa, also grew up in Oklahoma. He lived in Moore for about three years while his father was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base.

“The Sound of Music” performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by phone 918.596.7111 or 800.364.7111, in person at the Tulsa PAC Box Office, or online at