Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Lifestyles

March 22, 2012

Alive with 'Sound'

All-time favorite musical to open tonight

ASHLAND — Desiree Sowards will live out a dream on the stage of the Paramount Arts Center when she takes on the role of Maria in “Sound of Music,” which will open tonight.

“I watched the movie every weekend and knew every line and every moment,” Sowards, 29, of Kenova, said.

She said she has cut back on her watching of the movie recently, though, because she doesn’t want her interpretation to be influenced by the performances in the movie. She said she believes the fact that so many people have seen the movie makes the show more difficult.

“There’s so much expectation with this show,” Sowards said. “Everybody has in their mind Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.”

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is about a young woman serving as governess for seven children of a widowed naval captain and their escape from Nazi-invaded Austria.

Joshua Jannotta, education assistant and voice instructor for the Paramount, will portray the captain. While it might not be a childhood dream for him as it is for Sowards, Jannotta, 33, said he has always had respect for the part.

“I have done this show many, many times in other community theaters and in professional productions but I’ve never played the captain,” Jannotta said. “I always looked up to the men playing the captain and thought I might like to play the role some day.”

He said he especially likes the music.

“The music is great,” he said. “That’s one of the big reasons I wanted to do the show.”

Jannotta, who also is technical director for the show, said rehearsals began in January, about the averge length of time the group has to rehearse.

The show was selected because of the children, Jannotta said.

“It’s a good show for children with a lot of parts for children,” he said. “

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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