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Impact Theatre production collects for ‘Support Our Troops’

on Tuesday, 26 April 2016. Posted in Good life, Arts & Culture, Local News

Impact Theatre production  collects for ‘Support Our Troops’
ABBI JORDAN, as Maria, left, with cast members portraying von Trapp children. Photo by Liz Odom.

The Chapman Auditorium at Francis Marion University will be alive with the Sound of Music as Impact Christian Children’s Theatre and ACS Technologies present “Getting to Know The Sound Of Music,” Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 general admission and available at the door. For more details go to impactflorence.org, Facebook, or call 843-751-4157. One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved musicals, this timeless classic tells the story of a spirited young woman in the process of becoming a nun who is sent to work as a governess for a stern naval captain and his seven children.

Eventually she wins over the children, restores music to their lives while capturing the heart of the captain. Adapted for youth performers, this version features all of the favorite songs, including, “Maria,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “The Lonely Goatherd,” “Sixteen going on Seventeen,”“So Long Farewell,” and “Climb Every Mountain.” The cast features Abbi Jordan as Maria Ranier, Brandon Huneycutt as Captain von Trapp, Raeanne Smith as Liesl, Tanis Caltrider as Friedrich, Kendall Wase as Louisa, Owen Plasman as Kurt, Elyanna Bauer as Brigitta, Kaitlyn Odom as Gretl.

Also, Hanan Taylor as Mother Abbess, Katy Brock as Sister Berthe, Whitley Turner as Sister Margaretta, Payton Russo as Sister Sophia, Fitzhugh Bethea as Max Detweiler, Sean Cauley as Rolf Gruber, Gracey Gerschutz as Frau Schmidt, Brooke Turner as Franz. Completing the cast are: Zachary Adams, Nicole Barber, Kaelen Bauer, Mackenzie Beck, Mary Leslie Bessenger, Hayden Caffee, Caroline Coward, Courtney Coward, Kendra Cox, Heather Elgin, Ellis Hill, Scarlet Jones, Luke Miller, Maddie Nelson, Kaitlyn Odom, Raelyn Odom, Katherine Putnam, Payton Russo, Carrigan Woodson, Townsend Woodson. With each show, Impact chooses a charitable organization to support as a way to give back to our community.

This year students chose the organization “support our troops.org”, which sends care packages to enhance morale of deployed troops on the front lines. Audience members and cast members are encouraged to bring items to donate to this cause: phone cards, chapstick, toothbrushes, beef jerky, candy, gum, breath mints, disposable razors. The show is directed and choreographed by Catherine Curl and Whitney Langley, with musical direction by Kristin Chipley and Molly Shorter.

Impact Christian Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization offering performing arts education for students in first through twelfth grades, promoting Judeo-Christian values while building character through drama. This project is made possible through funding from the Florence Regional Arts Alliance’s Quarterly Grants Program, which is funded in part by a generous award from Honda of South Carolina, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

Two of the directors have special ties to the military. Whitney Langley’s brother Richard Walter is currently serving in the United States Air Force, and Catherine Curl’s grandfather Nicholas Chackan, who recently passed away, served in the Army of the United States during World War II, with the 500th Engineer Light Ponton Company in the European Theatre of Operations. The show is being dedicated in his memory.

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