The (Foothills) were alive with the sound of music on Wednesday and Thursday mornings last week as about 2,200 elementary school students from the La Crescenta area attended the popular musical at Crescenta Valley High School. The special performances were edited to suit younger audiences that came from Lincoln, Dunsmore, La Crescenta, Monte Vista, Valley View, Fremont, and Mountain Avenue elementary schools and packed the CVHS MacDonald Auditorium.
The performances included many of the famous songs from the “The Sound of Music” including “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “The Hills Are Alive,” “Edelweiss” and “So Long, Farewell.” The young students enjoyed the production, giving rounds of vigorous applause after every scene, and even had a chance to say hello to the cast after the performances.
For the elementary children it was a great way to take the morning off from schoolwork while learning important elements of music and actor’s choice — the choice(s) that an actor makes in order to portray his/her character in a certain aspect — via live musical performance.
“[The musical] lets us introduce the younger ones to the theatre,” said Abubakr Ali, a CVHS senior who performed the role of Max Detweiler in “The Sound of Music.” “Besides, it’s an incredible way to use our talents and efforts to make the kids’ day and put a smile on their hearts.”